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1,900 staff are being given notice of separation: Jet

Posted by Yogesh on Wednesday, 15 October, 2008

MUMBAI: Jet Airways on Wednesday said that 1,900 of the 13,000 staff were being given notices of seperation. Yesterday, Jet had announced that 850 cabin crew would be given the pink slip.

Jet and Kingfisher, along with their acquired airlines, have a combined strength of 19,000 employees, a fleet of 189 aircraft serving 1,009 daily flights, of which 82 are on international routes.

According to industry sources, this was the third time in recent months that Jet had cut its workforce. Some 1,200 employees were given the pink slip after the carrier acquired Air Sahara last year followed by a separation pact with another 700 a couple of months ago.

Kingfisher, too, had initiated similar moves, albeit at a much truncated level.

The tremors brought about by the worst downturn yet in the airline industry were felt on Tuesday itself, hours before the first Jet Airways flight of the day took off. Said a crew member, “About three and a half hours before a flight, the office transport reaches your home to pick you up. In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, hundreds of cabin crew members in Mumbai who were rostered for early morning flights waited in their uniforms to be picked up.’’ When the worried flight attendants started calling up the airline dispatch office they were told they had been derostered till further notice.

Vijay Mallya on Tuesday refused to answer questions on who-whether he or Jet owner Naresh Goyalhad initiated the dialogue leading to their ‘historic’ alliance. He also told TOI he would not like to comment on whether Sharad Pawar or Praful Patel had a role to play. “It might add colour to your copy but I have no desire to land myself in trouble,’’ he said. He did say Kingfisher would save nearly Rs 1,500 cr a year.

Low-cost flying is truly over now after this operational alliance. Both Mallya and Goyal have in the past scoffed at the concept of LCCs in India as all carriers have to pay the same charges. Calling LCCs low-fare airlines , Jet and Kingfisher had raised fares of the LCCs they had taken over-Sahara (now JetLite) and Air Deccan (now Kingfisher Red). Source The Economic Times

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