Monday, March 23, 2020

Cial ground handlers face crisis

Kochi: With the aviation industry going through one of its worst dips due to travel restrictions and decrease in passenger flow in the wake of Covid-19, the ground handling agencies based at Cochin International Airport Ltd (Cial) too are bearing the brunt. The employees working in the sector are facing the threat of unemployment as Cial has suspended international services. Many employees are being asked to go on leave. Also, sources said that cost-cutting measures like loss of pay, lay-off, etc. may be initiated if the situation persists.
At present Cial has two major players in the ground handling sector – Celebi Aviation Holding and AIATSL, the fully-owned subsidiary of Air India that is into ground-handling services that include baggage, cargo handling and all other services. More than 1,000 staff are working in both the international and domestic sectors as ground handling staffs.

“Airlines’ revenue had cut down drastically over the past 15-20 days and no flights have been conducting services with full passenger capacity. The chance of revival anytime soon is dismal as more countries are strengthening travel restrictions. No termination has been started but if the situation continues, agencies will have to start severe cost-cutting measures,” said a source.
23/03/20 Times of India
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