Air India Express announces pay cuts for employees after 88 drop in revenues.

New Delhi: Air India Express has announced a rationalization scheme for pay cuts for employees, with pilot allowances reduced by 40 percent

Following a massive decline in revenues of 88 percent up to July because of the COVID impact, Air India Express has announced a rationalization scheme for pay cuts for employees, with pilot allowances reduced by 40 percent.

The scheme is similar to what has been implemented by its parent company, Air India.

In an office circular dated August 5, T. Vijayakrishnan, Chief of HR, said that the company, along with other aviation companies, has been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Consequently, the revenues of airlines are up to the month of July have declined as much as 88 percent," the circular said.

In order to meet the payment commitments to banks, aircraft lessors and other key vendors, the airline has been forced to increase its working capital borrowings. It has been taking measures to cut costs and fixed charges on the meager earnings through the renegotiation of contracts with all key vendors.

"As you all may be aware, Air India, our parent company, has also implemented a rationalization scheme to reduce the fund outflow in terms of compensation to employees," the circular said.

It has received directions from the Civil Aviation Ministry and parent company to implement a similar rationalization exercise in Air India Express as its situation is no different at this point in time.

"It is, therefore, necessary for all of us in Air India Express to accept commensurate sacrifice in our monthly remunerations, until the adverse effect of COVID pandemic on our operations/revenues substantially wears off," Vijayakrishnan said.

The allowances of pilots have been reduced by 40 percent. These include flying allowances, special pay, and layover allowances.

For ground employees, there will be no reduction for emoluments up to Rs 25,000, 5 percent reduction up to the grade of Senior Officers, and reduction of 7.5 percent of gross emoluments for employees above this level, going up to CEO.

The rationalization scheme will be effective from April 1 and will continue until further review by the board of directors.

For Commanders who fall in special contracts of 15 days on and 15 days off, their gross remuneration will be reduced by 50 percent.

For trainee captains, the remuneration will be reduced by 40 percent. For first officers, co-pilots, trainee co-pilots, the flying allowance will be reduced by 40 percent.

The monthly stipend of trainee co-pilots will be reduced by 10 percent. For cabin crew, the domestic layover allowance will stand reduced by 10 percent.

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