Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Air Sahara loses 20% staff post-deal

Mumbai: Close to 800 employees of Air Sahara, which was recently acquired by Naresh Goyal-owned Jet Airways, have deserted the company ever since the mega deal was struck in January this year.
Air Sahara had more than 4, 000 employees, including pilots, skilled engineers and operations staff, at the time of acquisition. According to sources, the employees have left Air Sahara due to mounting apprehensions on job security arising out of the integration of the work force of the two carriers.
When contacted, an Air Sahara spokesperson refused to comment. At the time of announcement of the merger, the Jet chairman had said that all "suitable" employees of Air Sahara would be absorbed into the merged entity on a merit basis, a statement which he later amended to "no Air Sahara employee would lose job" in the new scenario. Employees who have now left the company are from various departments like operations, commercial, reservation and marketing, sources said.
10/04/06 Financial Express