Airlines ask most staff to go on leave without pay

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Indian low-cost airlines like GoAir and Spicejet ask most of its staff to go on leave till 03 May 2020 without any pay as all airline operations in India remain suspended until May 4.

The move to implement leave without pay was communicated by GoAir’s HR head Nakul Tuteja on Saturday in an email.

On April 1, GoAir deferred paying a part of the March salaries of many of its employees to April in addition to pay cuts implemented earlier. He said it is till May 3 but may be extended.

The airline had cut salaries by 50% by for its top leadership last month and then extended pay cuts to other employees barring those in the junior level of D grade.

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SpiceJet has also decided to send employees earning more than Rs 50,000 per month on leave without pay on a rotational basis, sources said on Sunday amid flight services remaining suspended till May 3.

This arrangement would be in place for three months, they added.

The sources also told PTI that the salary for April is likely to be paid to staff for the days they were on duty.

Commercial flights remain suspended since March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to curb the spreading of coronavirus infections. The lockdown has been extended till May 3.

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GoAir’s peers IndiGo and Vistara have taken similar steps to cut salary expenses.

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