IndiGo announces ‘leave without pay’ for senior employees for three months starting May


India’s major airline, IndiGo on Friday decided to roll furlough for senior employees from May to July, 2020.


“While we had paid employee salaries in full for the months of March and April, I am afraid that we are left with no option but to implement the originally announced pay-cuts from the month of May 2020,” CEO Ronojoy Dutta writes to staff in a letter.

“In addition, given the gradual buildup of capacity, I am afraid we have to take the additional painful step of implementing a limited, graded leave without pay program for the months of May, June, and July,” he added.

This announcement was made after the airline had revoked its proposed salary cut last month. “This leave without pay will range from 1.5 days to 5 days depending on the employee group. While doing so, we will make sure that Level A employees, who form a majority of our workforce will not be impacted,” he said.

The aviation sector is one of the most deeply impacted sectors amidst the COVID-19 led lockdown. Other airlines like GoAir on Thursday extended its furlough program for employees till May end.

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