Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic forces GoAir to lay off staff, terminates contracts of expat pilots

GoAir, which on March 17 suspended its international operations, is terminating contracts of its expat pilots to cut costs and see through the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry.
Sources told Moneycontrol that the Wadia-family owned airline sent termination letters to expat pilots, on March 16. Moneycontrol has seen a copy of the letter.
Later in the day on March 18, GoAir confirmed that it has terminated contract of expat pilots.
"In view of the current situation, GoAir has been forced to terminate the contracts of expat pilots which is in line with the reduced international capacity," it said in a statement shared with Moneycontrol.
While the airline didn't specify the number, reports have earlier indicated that the company has about 70 expat pilots.
In the letter to the employee, the airline said the aviation industry is going through a 'global crisis' due to the coronavirus pandemic. "There has been substantial reduction in our domestic operations and international has presently been suspended," the airline said to the employee.
GoAir on March 17 said it is suspending all international operations, starting March 17, until April 15, due to unprecedented decline in air travel.
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