GoAir stops all international flights for a month; to have leave without pay on rotational basis

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NEW DELHI: GoAir has stopped all its international flights from Tuesday for a month. The low cost carrier will send some of its employees on leave without pay and is learnt to be looking at pay cuts to survive the massive impact that Coronavirus pandemic has had on the airline.
In a statement, GoAir said it “is forced to take certain measures – we are temporarily suspending all our international operations, starting March 17, 2020 until April 15, 2020. GoAir has also initiated a short term and temporary rotational leave without pay program that will not only help the company counter the short term reduction in capacity, but will also ensure that a cross section of our employees stay away from the workplace to ensure business continuity.”
“Knowing that this will put a financial burden on the affected employees and having studied what companies have done in other countries to help guide our plans, this decision was not taken lightly,” it added.
“In addition to addressing our short term financial and network requirements, airlines in India have petitioned the government of India for immediate support, as most other governments around the world have already provided to their similarly affected airlines. We have also taken many immediate measures to make our business more efficient; measures that will help us create an even stronger airline in the long run. GoAir remains on track to receive 12-15 aircraft each year through the end of 2025 in support of our planned growth. We also reaffirm our focus and commitment to punctuality, reliability and the highest level of customer experience,” the airline spokesperson said.
“For the last few weeks the world has been grappling with the devastating consequences of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The aviation industry has been one of the most affected as governments have issued far reaching travel advisories, special events have been postponed or called off, customers have curtailed their individual travel plans and businesses have restricted the movement of their employees. GoAir has enhanced all of its cleaning procedures in the interest of our customers’ and employees’ health and safety. There is nothing more important than this. We have also tried to put our customers at ease by offering them a waiver on change fees so that they can be confident about booking their travel today while maintaining full flexibility in the future. Despite going over and above to implement these safeguards, the sharp decline in air travel that we are currently experiencing is unprecedented,” the statement added.

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