COVID-19: GoAir suspends international operations till April 15

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NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of coronavirus pandemic, GoAir has suspended all its international operations till April 15 and have offered leave without pay to its employees on a rotational basis. 

 

This comes after the Centre temporarily banned all passengers coming from host of foreign countries and vice-versa.

The airline flew to a number of international destinations like Maldives, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Dubai, Dammam, Kuwait, Phuket and Bangkok, before it began canceling flights amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Mumbai-headquartered airline GoAir in a press note also claimed that 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.

Due to the coronavirus, the airline has attributed the sharp decline in air travel. GoAir has a workforce of around 6,000. According to the sources, the airline has asked 35per cent of its employees from each department to go on unpaid leave for a month.

“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, 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 stays 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”, the spokesperson said in a statement.

In addition to addressing short term financial and network requirements, the airlines have urged the Centre to provide immediate support.

 

With inputs from Agency

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