Regional airliner Air Deccan introduced on Sunday that it’s ceasing its operations till additional discover and all staff are being placed on sabbatical with out pay, the primary Indian aviation firm to succumb to the coronavirus disaster that has led to a 21-day lockdown and just about paralysed the sector.
In an e mail to his staff, Air Deccan CEO Arun Kumar Singh mentioned, “In view of the current international and home points and subsequent directive by the Indian regulator (to droop all industrial passenger flights until April 14), Air Deccan has no alternative however to stop its operations till additional discover.”
“With heavy coronary heart, I’m additionally compelled to tell that every one present staff of Air Deccan (everlasting, momentary and contractual) are being placed on sabbatical with out pay with quick impact,” he added within the e mail, which has been accessed by PTI.
Air Deccan has a fleet of 4 18-seater Beechcraft plane to fly on regional routes in western India, specializing in Gujarat.
Singh mentioned in his e mail: “Subsequent week, the administration will maintain conferences with division heads for continuity of sure key personnel (with continuity of employment phrases) to make sure that when the best time arrives, the airline may be restarted with nominal efforts.”
“I personally guarantee you as and when Air Deccan recommences the operations below conducive circumstances, all present staff shall be supplied first proper of refusal for his or her present positions,” he added.
India has imposed a 21-day lockdown from March 25 to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, all home and worldwide industrial passenger flights have been suspended for this time interval.
Nonetheless, cargo flights, offshore helicopter operations, medical evacuation flights and particular flights permitted by Indian aviation regulator DGCA are working throughout this lockdown.
Many airways in India are near chapter as their money reserves are working out amid the lockdown, business physique FICCI had advised Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman by way of a letter final Wednesday.
Whereas different airways have launched numerous price chopping measures corresponding to shedding pilots, depart with out pay and wage cuts, Air Deccan is the primary casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
All main airways besides Air India are taking home bookings for dates submit April 14. Because it has despatched all staff on sabbatical with out pay, Air Deccan will not be taking any bookings and it’s not sure when it could restart operations.
IndiGo has introduced a pay minimize of as much as 25 per cent for its senior staff and Vistara has introduced a obligatory depart with out pay of as much as three days for its senior staff in March.
SpiceJet has said that its staff’ salaries could be lowered between 10 to 30 per cent and Air India has introduced a 10 per cent minimize in allowances for each worker, besides cabin crew, for the approaching three months.
GoAir has minimize salaries of its staff, laid off its expat pilots and launched depart with out pay for workers on a rotational foundation.