The economic environment in the aviation sector has deteriorated dramatically and it has become necessary to make tough decisions over the next few days and weeks, IndiGo Chief Flight Operations Officer Ashim Mitra told pilots in an email Thursday morning.
With countries partially or fully sealing their borders across the world due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the aviation industry has been hit extremely hard as most airlines around the world have significantly reduced their flight operations. Mitra said in his email: “The economic environment has deteriorated dramatically and no airline is immune from this severe downturn.”
“It has become necessary to make tough appeals and we are working on a series of measures which will be shared and implemented over the next few days and weeks,” Mitra said.
Asking pilots not to believe any hearsay, Mitra added that the airline would keep them informed.
âPlease continue to take all precautions against Covid-19 and we will overcome any challenge as long as we remain strong and tall against these headwinds,â he said.
GoAir said on Wednesday it had terminated the contracts of expatriate pilots in scaled-down operations due to the pandemic. Citing an “unprecedented” drop in air travel, the low-cost carrier announced it was suspending international operations and offering a leave without pay program to its staff on a rotational basis.