Low cost carrier Indigo Airlines indicated that it would operate at only 50% of its capacity post lockdown.
Amidst the Covid 19 lockdown, firstly for 21 days and with an extension of the lockdown announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi till the end of April, the travel sector has taken a major blow.
It is observed that even after the lockdown is lifted, the travel sector may take a slow step to resume to its normal function. There is a slight indication that Indigo Airlines like its counterparts is preparing a post lockdown strategy.
Salary Cut of the Airline Employees
The CEO of Indigo Airlines, Ronojoy Dutta informed of meals not to be served in the flight for certain period. The cutting down will impact filling only 50% of the seats, so will the airport bus service. Thermal temperature scanners will be provided to the security officials to enable scan passengers to scan for temperature before entering the airport. Passengers on queues will be standing at least a meter away from each other.
As the economy has been hit severely to its worst, most of the airlines have introduced payment cuts for their employees starting off with the higher management. The CEO of Indigo Airlines is informed to have a cut of 25% from April on wards. SpiceJet is no exception in salary cut of the staff, starting with CMD Ajay Singh to take a hit of 30% starting the March salary. SpiceJet had already put a huge number of cabin crews on leave without pay prior this month.
Reckless Efforts by the Airlines to combat Covid 19
Indigo Airlines is reaching out to all its customers not to worry and allowing their ticket to avail their tickets as a Credit Shell.
In the meantime Indigo Airlines and SpiceJet Airlines are contributing a lion’s share in the combat against Covid-19. Indigo Airlines are using more than 30 relief aircraft in the nation’s effort to fight the Novel CoronaVirus. During the pandemic the government has allowed Indigo Airlines to transport food, medicines and medical equipment. SpiceJet is carrying relief items and goods in the passenger cabin. It is informed that SpiceJet had carried around 11 tonnes of relief supplies from Delhi to Chennai.