The Dubai-based Emirates Group announced today it will temporarily suspend all passenger flights by March 25, while retaining its cargo operations.
The Gulf carrier operates major routes across Africa and is one of the few remaining airlines with scheduled flights to Europe and North America.
The group is implementing basic salary reduction for the majority of employees in an effort to stay afloat as global transport routes grind to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic.
The move has been mirrored by many airlines including Kenya Airways and British Airways.
Others like Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines are seeking substantial government bailouts.