IndiGo employees seek employment as str- The New Indian Express

Express press service

NEW DELHI: Sleep deprived and fatigued, IndiGo employees are actively seeking other opportunities. After Saturday’s mass furlough that angered aviation regulator DGCA as 55% of its flights were delayed, nearly half a dozen IndiGo pilots and cabin crew contacted by TNIE said that the country’s only profitable airline operates like a factory, which does not value employees and provides little or no time to rest.

“If a new airline is announced tomorrow requiring 20,000 cabin crew and 4,000 pilots, the entire IndiGo staff would change there,” said a pilot who has worked for the airline for more than 5 years.

According to industry sources, the majority of IndiGo cabin crew members who took sick leave on Saturday were spotted at Air India’s recruitment campaign.

Another IndiGo pilot who is considering quitting said working hours have become very demanding and frequent postings to remote locations have irritated many colleagues.

“Once, a colleague was sent to a small town without any prior accommodation agreement. It caused him tons of unwanted discomfort,” he said.

A senior cabin crew who has worked for the airline for 4 years said their furloughs had been shortened without giving them any additional financial benefits.

According to a former senior airline executive, the main reason many quit is that they weren’t treated well during the two-year pandemic. He added that the severe pay cuts during covid-19 and the inhuman management style had taken a toll on employee morale.

In April, IndiGo suspended a few pilots who planned to stage a strike to protest pandemic-related pay cuts, a first for the airline.

According to industry experts, now that the Indian aviation industry is undergoing a structural change with the takeover of Air India by Tata and new player Akasa is ready to fly, there is an increased demand for labor in that sector.

Mark Martin, founder and CEO of Martin Consulting, said Air India’s future prospects with the Tata Group look reassuring.

“It’s very promising for pilots and cabin crew from a long-term perspective because salaries here are going to be very balanced with an ethical work culture,” he added.

According to Martin, airlines that don’t treat their employees well may see a mass exodus because Asia alone currently requires 180,000 pilots and 250,000 cabin crew.

The query sent to IndiGo went unanswered until this story was published.

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