IndiGo crew goes on mass leave, to attend AI recruitment drive

Several Indigo flights were delayed as over 50 per cent of the airline’s staff reported sick


IndiGo Airlines as well as its customers went into a tizzy this week with operations being majorly hit due to cabin crew going on mass leave.

The reason for this was most unusual. Almost half its crew reportedly called in sick so that they could attend the recruitment drive of Air India, which is on a hiring spree at the moment.

As per reports, Ronjoy Dutta, CEO, IndiGo, had told the staff a few months ago via an e-mail that raising salaries was becoming difficult for the carrier, but that it would ensure that the staff doesn’t suffer.

He had conveyed that IndiGo will review the performance of the employees and adjust salaries accordingly, based on profitability and the competitive environment.

IndiGo Airlines operates over 1500 flights every day to about 95 destinations, covering 71 destinations in India and about 24 abroad.

Arun Kumar, who heads the aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said that the matter was being looked into.

This is not the first time that IndiGo is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Earlier this year, it had sacked a few pilots because they were planning to go on a strike to protest against pay cuts.

IndiGo employees have been disappointed with their salaries for some time now, as they have been enduring pay cuts ever since the pandemic struck.

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