June 1, 2021 08:30 PM
InterGlobe Aviation Ltd-operated IndiGo, the country’s largest domestic airline, has reimposed compulsory leave without pay (LWP) for all its employees amid the second wave of covid-19, IndiGo reimposes compulsory leave without pay for employees, which has resulted in a sharp decline in passenger traffic and revenues of airlines.
The airline had imposed LWP for its workforce last year due to the outbreak of covid-19 but subsequently withdrew this as bookings picked up earlier in 2021.
“Unfortunately due to the reduced capacity we will have to institute an LWP programme for all employees, which would range from 1.5 to 4 days depending on the employee group (except for Band A&B),” the airline informed its staff in an email on Monday.
“All cabin crew would undertake 1.5 days of LWP for the next three months effective 1 June,2021. Number of days applicable for non-crew inflight employees will be informed by their vertical heads shortly,”.
The ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) recently informed the airlines that scheduled airlines in India will be able to sell seats up to 50% of their total capacity on domestic flights, down from 80%, from 1 June, citing the second wave of coronavirus that led to a high number of infections and deaths across the country.
IndiGo reimposes compulsory leave without pay for employees, “The second wave has been difficult for all of us and has also resulted in reduction in passenger loads. As a result our commercial schedule had to be curtailed accordingly,” IndiGo added in the email to employees.
Indian airlines have been adversely impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, which has led to a loss of passenger traffic demand. The second wave of covid-19 has further reversed the gains made by airlines during the January-March 2021 period.