Air India Express sacks 30 employees after mass sick depart, asks others to join work | India News


NEW DELHI: Tata Group-owned Air India Express has sacked round 30 of its employees who reported ‘sick depart’ on Wednesday main to the cancellation of over 90 flights.
“An overwhelming number of other cabin crew members have also reported sick and not reported for their duties. This clearly points to a pre-meditated and concerted abstention from work without any justifiable reason.As a result, a large number of flights had to be cancelled thereby disrupting the entire schedule, which caused tremendous inconvenience to esteemed passengers,” the termination letters issued learn.
“Your act is not only subversive of public interest, but has also caused embarrassment, severe reputational damage, and serious monetary loss to the Company. Your act of reporting sick for work amounts to a concerted action with a common understanding, to not operate the flight and to disrupt services of the company,” it further read.
The airline has also issued ultimatum to striking cabin crew to join work by 4 pm on Thursday, reported PTI citing sources.
Meanwhile, the airline cancelled about 75 flights on Thursday.
The crisis at Air India Express occurred at a crucial time, coinciding with the ongoing merger process with AIX Connect (formerly AirAsia India). The unrest has added another layer of complexity to the merger, as cabin crew members continue to protest against perceived injustices in their employment terms.
The sudden disruption in operations caused chaos at Delhi Airport as the Air India Express cancelled flights to Goa, Guwahati and Srinagar at the last moment.
The announcement led to a state of confusion and distress among the affected travellers, who congregated around the airline’s counter, visibly upset and demanding explanations. Passengers were seen crowding in front of an Air India Express desk.
Soon after the chaos broke out, the airline asked passengers scheduled to fly Wednesday “to verify if their flight is affected earlier than heading” to the airport.
“The state of affairs is dynamic as senior cabin crew are reporting sick on the final minute, simply earlier than they’re to function flights. While we’re proactively cancelling flights until subsequent Monday, the precise quantity could differ relying on crew turnout. We are minimising worldwide disruptions and fewer than 20% of the cancellations can be of our abroad flights,” airline sources said.
The spokesperson said on Wednesday, “While we’re participating with the crew to perceive the explanations behind these occurrences, our groups are actively addressing this subject to minimise any inconvenience precipitated to our company consequently.”
Passengers affected by the flight cancellations can be supplied a refund or the choice to reschedule their journey at no further value, in accordance to the Air India Express spokesperson.
With over 80% plane occupancy nowadays, about 13,000 passengers have been affected by the cancellations.
Later, the Tata Group’s airline merger – which operates 350-400 flights every day, of which over 250 are home and 120 worldwide – declared to lower about 40 flights every day until May 13.
AI Express cancellations in peak summer season are sure to have an effect on travellers as capability is already constrained – over 75 IndiGo planes are grounded due to snag-ridden (*30*) & Whitney engines, GoAir has shutdown, struggling SpiceJet is working few flights, and deliveries of recent plane from Airbus and crisis-ridden Boeing have been slower than anticipated.

Nilesh Desai
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