Emirates denies staff suicide rumours on social media

Dubai-based carrier is believed to have laid off over 1,000 members of staff this week

Emirates airline has moved quickly to deny rumours on social media suggesting some staff members, who had recently been made redundant, had taken their own lives.

A Twitter account holder has posted that three flight attendants and two pilots, who had all been working for Emirates, had committed suicide in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

However, in a response to the posts, the Dubai-based airline, said: “We can confirm that the news is untrue and request not to spread rumours.”

On Tuesday this week, Emirates is believed to have laid off over 1,000 employees, including 700 cabin crew and 600 pilots, as the airline tries to plot a path through the economic turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the carrier at the time said: “The company is doing everything possible to protect the workforce wherever we can. Where we are forced to take tough decisions we will treat people with fairness and respect. We will work with impacted employees to provide them with all possible support.”

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