Low-cost carrier IndiGo on Friday, May 6, said it will be cutting the salaries of senior employees starting May and also implement a "limited, graded leave without pay program" for the months of May, June, and July, airline CEO Ronojoy Dutta confirmed.
India's aviation industry is in a complete lockdown with bookings being cancelled until any further notices since India has been under lockdown starting March 25 to control the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Thus, the revenues of the Indian aviation industry have been hit hard.
"While we had paid employee salaries in full for the months of March and April, I am afraid that we are left with no option but to implement the originally announced pay-cuts from the month of May 2020," Dutta told employees through an email, which has been accessed by news agency Press Trust of India.
IndiGo rolls back pay cuts for staff
Earlier on March 19, IndiGo had announced pay cuts for its senior employees but had rolled them back on April 23 in deference to the "Modi government's wishes".
Dutta said in his email: "In addition (to pay cuts), given the gradual build-up of capacity, I am afraid we have to take the additional painful step of implementing a limited, graded leave without pay program for the months of May, June and July."
"This leave without pay will range from 1.5 days to 5 days depending on the employee group. While doing so, we will make sure that Level A employees, who form a majority of our workforce will not be impacted," he said.
He had announced on March 19 that the airline was instituting pay cuts for senior employees and he would himself take the highest cut of 25 per cent amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit the aviation industry hard.
"I am personally taking a 25 per cent pay cut, SVPs (senior vice presidents) and above are taking 20 per cent, VPs (vice presidents) and cockpit crew are taking a 15 per cent pay cut, AVPs (assistant vice presidents), Bands D along with cabin crew will take 10 per cent and Band Cs five per cent," Mr Dutta had said on March 19.
On resuming air travel
The Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said on Monday, 20 April, that the restrictions on domestic and international flight operations will be lifted only when the government is confident on the receding trend of the highly contagious novel coronavirus.
(With agency inputs)