COVID-19 Impact: Air India suspends contract of around 200 employees amid lock-down as almost all planes grounded

Air India has appreciated for flying some flights (day and night) to rescue Indians stranded in coronavirus-affected countries. However, this time, as COVID-19 spreads worldwide, crewmembers put several allegations about ensuring the safety of crew and passengers on rescue flights.

Air India on Thursday announced that the contracts of around 200 pilots, who were supposed to be re-employed after retirement has suspended.

  • All domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended in the country until April 14 to avoid the spread of a novel coronavirus epidemic.
  • The company has already given a significant setback to the employees by cutting the allowances of all employees, except cabin crew, by 10 percent for the next three months to save money amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the Health Ministry’s recent update, the death toll due to novel coronavirus touched 66 on Thursday. The total number of positive cases has increased to 2,071 in the country. 

Quarantine Violations:

  • Air India Pilot stated that in many cases, the norms of following a 14-day quarantine period for all passengers returning from abroad not applied to crewmembers.
  • The most shocking incident is when a pilot who returned from a COVID-19 affected country asked to fly again for two consecutive days.
  • The pilot also stated that the severe problem faced by many employees is that our flying-related allowances, comprising 70 percent of our emoluments, remain unpaid since January 20.      

In this hour of need, the efforts made by Air India Pilots are commendable, as they have not stopped flying rescue operations and supply missions at any cost.

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