Thursday, May 14, 2020

IndiGo revises contract of 'non-released' pilots, cuts pay by 50%

IndiGo has revised the contract terms of pilots who are undergoing training, with new terms including up to a 50 percent cut in salaries and a change in rostering.

Most of these pilots, sources told Moneycontrol, had joined the country's largest airline from Jet Airways, which had suspended operations in April last year.

"These are non-released pilots. They have got a 50 percent pay cut, and the new contract is valid till March 2021," said a senior executive from the industry.

Pilots undergoing training are called 'non-released'.
According to the new contract, these pilots will be on a two-week-on and two-week-off schedule. Normally, a pilot is asked to be available for the full month, and leaves depend on the rostering.  Reduced flying hours impacts the allowances a pilot gets.

Moneycontrol  has written to IndiGo for a response, and will update the story accordingly.

The airline had announced pay cuts from May. This was after it had rolled back a similar announcement in April.  In a mail to employees, CEO Ronojoy Dutta had said "Leave without pay will range from 1.5-5 days depending on the employee group. Level A employees, who form a majority of our workforce will not be impacted."

IndiGo and its peers, including SpiceJet, GoAir and Vistara, have been forced to take steps to reduce their salary bills, as a severe cash crunch threatens the viability of their businesses. Flights have been suspended since March, when the government announced the lockdown to limit the COVID-19 spread. And there is no clarity on when the airlines can resume flights.
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