Emirates, Qatar Airways respond to ITF campaign
Qatar Airways and Emirates Airline have defended their policies on pregnancy and marriage for cabin crew, after the Qatari carrier came under fire over its working conditions, Reuters has reported. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is running a campaign against Qatar Airways over its monitoring of staff and rules preventing women from becoming pregnant and getting married. Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar al-Baker reacted furiously at the ITB travel fair in Berlin saying that people were attacking Qatar because it had won the right to host the 2022 soccer World Cup. Emirates said it has a policy whereby female cabin crew that become pregnant in the first three years have to leave. “If you are hired by Emirates as a cabin crew, during the first three years we expect from you to fly,” said chief commercial officer, Thierry Antinori. Cabin crew who have been employed for more than three years have the option of taking paid maternity leave.