Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Indian carriers expect smooth landing for employees' vaccination drive

Mumbai: AirAsia India will fully vaccinate its employees by mid-October, the airline has said. IndiGo and Vistara hope to complete their drives by November-end and December-end, respectively.

Airlines in India began vaccinating their staff from May at their own or partner camps. So far, AirAsia India has vaccinated 90 per cent of its 3,000-odd workforce with the second dose.

“We have been actively conducting vaccination drives. We plan to vaccinate our eligible Allstars (AirAsia India staff) by mid-October,” said a spokesperson for the airline.

Currently, the airline operates around 110-120 daily flights - around 55-60 per cent of its capacity. The civil aviation ministry allows airlines to operate up to 85 per cent of their capacity.

Vistara said almost 80 per cent of its 4,000-strong workforce is fully vaccinated.

“We are looking at getting everyone fully vaccinated by December-end. This is also in line with our policy of advising employees to receive the second dose by January 1, 2022,” said a spokesperson.

Vistara has also released a staff vaccination policy. Employees who do not take doses by December-end will need to undergo a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or a rapid antigen test every week to be allowed at work.

28/09/21 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard

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