The civil aviation sector is getting into a turbulent phase due to the pandemic’s impact on the travel sector. Due to this, India’s biggest carrier, IndiGo has planned a massive lay off of 10 per cent of its entire employee strength. The coronavirus pandemic has forced it to re-evaluate its “best-laid plans”, the airline’s CEO Ronojoy Dutta, said. IndiGo had “understood the gravity of the situation right at the start of this crisis”, he said, as the country’s largest carrier grapples with declining revenues due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The layoffs at IndiGo come amid months of restrictions imposed by the government to curb the coronavirus outbreak, which has affected the civil aviation industry, hurt crude oil prices and forced businesses across industries to trim operations. Gurugram-based IndiGo – owned and operated by InterGlobe Aviation – had 23,531 employees on its payroll at the end of March 2019.