The Emirates Group in Dubai slows down due to the coronavirus

DUBAI: The Emirates Group in Dubai has seen a measurable business due to the outbreak and has asked staff to take paid and unpaid vacations, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.

Emirates Group, a state-owned holding company that has the Emirates airline among its assets, had more than 100,000, including more than 21,000 cabin crew and 4,000 pilots, at the end of March 2019, the end of its last financial year.

A particular challenge for us at this time is to deal with the impact of COVID-19, said the email to the staff, using the name of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

We have seen a considerable slowdown in business in all our brands and a need for flexibility in the way we work.

The email asked staff that has accumulated a significant balance of annual vacations that they consider taking paid vacations. He also said that the company was offering unpaid leave to employees in non-operational functions and could offer it to operational staff.

In all cases, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity if you have the support and approval of your line manager, the email said.

An Emirates spokeswoman confirmed that the email had been sent to employees, but declined to comment further.

Emirates Group properties also include dnata, which operates airport services and travel agencies worldwide.

Global airlines have warned about the cost of their businesses due to the first outbreak of coronavirus in China at the end of December and since then it has spread to more than 50 countries.

Emirates has canceled all flights to mainland China, except the capital Beijing , and to Iran in the direction of the United Arab Emirates 'aviation regulator, due to the spread of the virus in those two countries.