Abu Dhabi’s Etihad cuts hundreds of jobs: sources

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FILE PHOTO: An Etihad Airways Airbus A320-200 at the National Airport Minsk, Belarus, April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has laid off hundreds of employees this month, including cabin crew, after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to ground flights, according to industry and company sources.

The state-owned airline, which had 20,530 employees as of August 2019, grounded passenger flights in March and a month later said it had made a large number of staff redundant.

Two sources said hundreds of staff had been laid off this month with employees being let go on

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad extends suspension of scheduled flights to at least May 16

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FILE PHOTO: Etihad Airways Airbus A320-200 plane is seen at the National Airport Minsk, Belarus April 19, 2018. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Saturday it would extend its suspension of scheduled passenger flights until at least May 16 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline, which had aimed to partially resume passenger flights from May 1, said in a statement all scheduled services would remain grounded until May 16 at the earliest. Earlier in the day, it had said the suspension would last until May 15.

Etihad and other UAE airlines have been

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Dubai, Abu Dhabi prepare to reopen malls ahead of Ramadan

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A picture shows the closed compound of the Dubai Mall amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on March 23, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Abu Dhabi and Dubai have announced preparations to reopen malls and shopping centers, issuing guidelines on Thursday for business owners and shoppers on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The exact dates and timing of reopenings have yet to be announced, but are highly anticipated not only by customers, but by business owners who have been hit hard by the lockdowns

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