March 18, 2020 / 9:24 AM / 11 days ago

Emirates asks pilots to take unpaid leave as coronavirus threatens industry

DUBAI, March 18 (Reuters) - Emirates, one of the world’s biggest international airlines, has asked pilots to take unpaid leave to help it mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has shattered demand for global travel.

“To this end you are strongly encouraged to make use of this opportunity to volunteer for additional paid and unpaid leave,” the airline said in an internal email to pilots, seen by Reuters.

Emirates earlier this month asked some staff to take unpaid leave, although at that time it was not available to pilots. (Reporting by Alexander Cornwell, editing by Louise Heavens)

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