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IndiGo employees to get full salaries as airline decides to rollback paycuts

In an email sent to its employees, IndiGo has said that in deference to the government's wishes of not reducing pay during the lockdown, the management has decided not to cut the salary of the employees for the month of April.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2020 4:06:50 pm
An aircraft operated by IndiGo, a unit of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (File photo, source: Bloomberg)

Almost a month after announcing pay cuts for its employees, India’s largest budget airline carrier IndiGo on Thursday informed that it will not be cutting their salaries for April amid the ongoing lockdown.

In an email sent to its employees, the airline said that in deference to the government’s wishes of not reducing pay during the lockdown, the management has decided not to cut the salary of the employees for the month of April.

However, the executive committee members and senior vice presidents have volunteered to take a cut in their salaries, apart from whom, the rest of the employees will receive their regular salaries for this month, the mail said.

Last month, IndiGo was the first airline in the country to announce a pay cut for its employees in wake of the spread coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which led to a complete shutdown of both international and domestic air travel.

It had announced that it will cut salaries for all employees, excluding Bands A and B, starting from April 1. Band C was to take five per cent cut, while Band D along with cabin crew was supposed to get a 10 per cent cut. Apart from these, the senior employees of the low-cost carrier were to get a pay cut of up to 25 per cent.

Band A and B are the lowest brackets in salary class, where most of the employees are.

Earlier this month, the before the extension of the lockdown, IndiGo had also announced suspension of its international operations till April 30. This apart, it had also informed its customers that the money spent on flight booking will be available in their account in the form of a ‘credit shell’. The validity of the credit shell is one year from the date of issuance.

Following IndiGo’s last month announcement on pay cut, competitors GoAir and SpiceJet had also announced pay cuts in the range of up to 50 per cent and 10-30 per cent respectively.

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