AI Recruitment Day: 55% IndiGo domestic flights delayed as crew call sick

On July 2, 55 per cent of IndiGo’s domestic flights were delayed as cabin crew members took sick leave. However, industry sources say that they apparently went for the Air India recruitment drive. When asked about this, Arun Kumar, chief of aviation regulator DGCA, told PTI-language, “We are looking into it.” Industry sources said that Phase-2 of Air India’s recruitment drive will be held on Saturday (2nd). July) and most of the cabin crew members of IndiGo who took sick leave went for it.

IndiGo, India’s largest airline, currently operates around 1,600 flights – domestic and international – daily. IndiGo and Air India did not respond to PTI’s requests for a statement on the matter.

According to the website of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, 45.2 percent of IndiGo’s domestic flights operated on time on Saturday (July 2). In comparison, on-time performance of Air India, SpiceJet, Vistara, GoFirst and AirAsia India stood at 77.1 per cent, 80.4 per cent, 86.3 per cent, 88 per cent and 92.3 per cent, respectively, on Saturday (July 2). ,

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IndiGo CEO Ronjoy Dutta, in an email to employees on April 8, told employees that raising wages is a difficult and difficult issue, but the airline will continuously review and adjust salaries based on its profitability and competitive environment.

IndiGo on April 4 suspended some pilots who were planning to go on strike the next day to protest the pay cut implemented during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After successfully winning the bid for the airline on October 8 last year, the Tata group took over control of Air India on January 27. Air India plans to buy new aircraft and improve its services, and it recently launched a recruitment drive for new cabin crew members.

Air India is “clearly restructuring” itself under the “competent leadership” of the Tata Group and is looking to invest in new aircraft to gain international passenger market share, said Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer of aircraft maker Airbus. Said in Doha in June. , During the peak of the pandemic, IndiGo had cut salaries of its pilots by up to 30 per cent.

On April 1 this year, the airline had announced its decision to hike the salaries of pilots by 8 per cent. In case of no disruption, another hike of 6.5 per cent will be implemented from November, it added. However, a section of the pilots remained dissatisfied and decided to organize a strike.

(with inputs from PTI)

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