Thursday, June 04, 2020

AirAsia cuts pilot salaries by 40% for May, June

Mumbai: AirAsia India has slashed salary of its pilots by an average 40 per cent for May and June, an airline source said.

However, the quantum of reduction in pay for other categories and senior management remains at the April level, the source said.

The senior management at AirAsia India had taken a pay cut of 20 per cent in April, while the wages of executives falling in other categories were reduced by 7-17 per cent.

However, employees getting a salary of Rs 50,000 per month or less were spared.

AirAsia India — a joint venture between Tatas and AirAsia (Investment) Ltd — will be completing six years of operations next week. It has a workforce of around 2,500 people. As many as 600 of them are pilots for its 30 Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.

On Tuesday, PTI erroneously reported that AirAsia India is a joint venture between Tatas and SIA.

“Earlier, a pilot was being paid for a fixed 70 hours irrespective of flying or no flying, which has now been reduced to 20 hours. This way, the average salary of a first officer (junior pilot) has come down to Rs 40,000 per month from Rs 1.40 lakh, and that of a captain (senior pilot) to Rs 1 lakh from Rs 3.45 lakh,” the source told PTI.
The reduction in pay accounts for 40 per cent of the total average salary of a pilot, the source said.

Responding to a PTI query on the issue, an AirAsia India spokesperson on Tuesday said, “We do not comment on the internal matters pertaining to the company”.

The source also said the airline has deferred its plans to induct any new plane in the fleet for the time being.

AirAsia India had plans to take delivery of five more A320s through March next year, the source added.
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