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Coronavirus Impact: GoAir, Spicejet Announces Leave Without Pay for Select Employees

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The government has extended the lockdown till May 3 and no decision has been taken to resume flight services in India yet.

Majority of 5,500-odd employees of GoAir will now be on "leave without pay" (LWP) till May 3 as its entire fleet remains grounded in the wake of the extended lockdown, the airline has said.

SpiceJet has also decided to send staff earning more than Rs 50,000 monthly salary on leave without pay on rotational basis as reported by PTI.

A statement by Spicejet says - "It is being clarified that no company-wide decision has been taken on the issue of salary cuts or leave without pay at SpiceJet for the month of April 2020. A limited number of staff from the engineering team has been put on leave without pay for a month each on rotational basis."

The government has extended the lockdown till May 3, which was to end on April 14. Most of the airlines had chalked out their plans to resume services from April 15 in expectation that the lockdown will be lifted.

In March, the Wadia Group-owned airline asked its employees to go on LWP on a rotational basis besides cutting their salaries. "The lockdown has been further extended till May 3, and with this extension, our fleet continues to be completely grounded. Hence, we are constrained to request you to proceed on 'leave without pay' till May 3," GoAir said in a communication to its employees on Saturday.

"We may, however, have to extend the period of 'leave without pay' for further term, if so required," GoAir said.

An official, however, said about 50 per cent of the 5,500-odd employees, who are crucial for certain tasks even when there is no operation, continue to work and will be paid partial salary.

We are hopeful that the skies will reopen from May 4 and we will resume operations in a phased manner. Meanwhile, the airline also said it is working towards building its ability to scale up operations in the new environment and market conditions that would emerge going forward.

With Inputs from PTI