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Allegiant Settles With Pilots



Allegiant Air has settled a dispute with its pilots’ union, paving the way for a federal judge in Las Vegas to sign an order that permanently upholds an injunction against a strike or work slowdown.

The judge had issued a temporary order blocking a strike last year.

Allegiant had sued the Teamsters Union, which represents the pilots, over threats by the pilots to walk off the job. Pilots agreed not to strike over changes in the airline‘s crew scheduling system.

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Separately, Allegiant announced Friday it will make Des Moines International Airport in Iowa its latest hub.

The low-cost carrier will invest $50 million in Des Moines, creating 66 new jobs at the airport from pilots to flight attendants to mechanics. In addition, it will expand its list of destinations available from the airport.

Allegiant will begin operating out of Des Moines in May of 2020.

“It stretches our network in ways that we haven’t been able to stretch before,” Allegiant spokesperson Hilarie Grey said. “So we’ll be able to fly to new places—places that you might not have thought possible from Des Moines.”

She did not say what the destinations were. From Des Moines, Allegiant currently flies to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix and five locations in Florida. The expansion will nearly triple the number of current employees from 34 to 100.

Two of the airline’s 70-plus-seat aircraft, both Airbus A320s, will be based in Des Moines. Des Moines Area Community College has chipped in $600,000 to help train the company’s new employees.

“They’re living and working in the community, sending their kids to local schools, spending into the economy, joining neighborhood groups,” Grey said.

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Emirates Announces Firing Employees Amid the Pandemic



Emirates Airline, the last holdout among the Gulf region‘s three major East-West carriers in retaining its workforce announced on May 31, 2020, that it had fired an undisclosed number of employees, due to the near-shutdown of global air travel amid COVID-19.

The other two—Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Doha-based Qatar Airways—had already scaled back in terms of staffing as the virus spread, virtually eliminating passenger demand and causing international borders to slam shut.

While Emirates has been applauded during the pandemic for continuing to run repatriation flights around the globe, as well as delivering cargo and critical supplies, it has been dramatically affected by the halting of international passenger travel, just like the rest of the world’s airlines.

In a statement, the company said, “We have endeavored to sustain the current family as is…but have come to the conclusion that we, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people that worked with us.”

Without revealing any particulars of the mass firing, Emirates assured that those being axed from its workforce would be treated, “with fairness and respect.”

ABC News reported that to try and balance some of the immense losses the airline continues to suffer, Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, injected an undisclosed amount of equity into its operations back in March.

Although the flag carrier, owned by a Dubai sovereign wealth fund, had already reduced its staff members’ pay during the course of the global health crisis.

Meanwhile, Emirates’ home base, Dubai International Airport—typically the world’s busiest in terms of international passenger traffic—has also been running only a fraction of its normal operations.

Dubai, which has positioned itself as a critical hub for the free movement of people, goods and capital from around the globe (all of which the pandemic has disrupted), now depends heavily upon a resumption of activity at its airport.

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