Air India tells staff to vacate quarters; begins hiring drive

Air India has almost 1800 employees residing in government-owned housing colonies in Delhi and Mumbai


The staff of Air India, living in the government housing colonies in Delhi and Mumbai, have been asked to vacate their quarters by 26 July, 2022.

The order issued by Air India is in the form of a reminder to the employees living in the quarters to vacate the accommodation as directed by the Air India Specific Alternative Mechanism (AISAM).

Air India, which is now owned by the Tata Group, has almost 1800 employees residing in these two locations.

Post acquisition by the Tata Group, in line with the disinvestment conditions, the Government will continue to hold Air India’s non-core assets including the said housing colonies.

Employee unions have been raising their voices against the move, and even plan to approach the High Court.

In 2021, Air India had given these employees six months’ time to vacate these houses, which were given to them in lieu of house rent allowance, and are conveniently located not far from the airport.

The employees living in these quarters in Mumbai admit that it is only because of them residing close to the airport that they are able to make it to the airport on time for duty, despite the traffic snarls and heavy rains that Mumbai is known for.

Meanwhile, Air India, under its new owners, is embarking on a hiring drive. Walk-in interviews for cabin crew are to be conducted in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad on 1 June, 4 June, 27 May and 8 June, respectively.

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