Special Correspondent

“There will be no job cuts, in fact we want more staff”

NEW DELHI: Dubai-based international air carrier Emirates on Monday announced that it will add 31 weekly services to India to take the number of weekly flights to 163 by February 2009.

“We are going to add 31 more weekly flights to the existing 132 by February next year. The enhanced capacity will position Emirates as the single largest international carrier in the Indian skies,” Emirates vice-president (India and Nepal) Orhan Abbas told reporters here.

The carrier will introduce seven additional flights with effect from October 26 between Delhi and Dubai, increasing the total weekly frequency in this route from 18 to 25 flights. The Emirates will add seven additional flights per week to its current 28 flights from Mumbai.

Contrary to the job cuts initiated by Indian air carriers, the Emirates maintained that it would hire more staff and would be happy to recruit more Indians as cabin crew in its international operations.

“There will be no job cuts. In fact we are looking for more staff. We will be happy to recruit more Indians as cabin crew,” Mr. Abbas said. The carrier had 10,000 cabin crew in its global operations out of which 8-10 per cent were Indians.

Tackling global crisis

While refusing to comment on Indian air carriers’ initiative to lay off their staff due to ever increasing expenses especially in aviation fuel, Mr. Abbas said the global financial crisis affected everyone. “We are also included in it. But we are taking measures to face it,” he said .