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IndiGo Tells Pilots: 'Economic Environment Has Deteriorated, Tough Decisions Necessary'

With Countries Sealing Their Borders Partially Or Fully Across The World Due To The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, Aviation Sector Has Been Hit Extremely Hard As Most Airlines Globally Have Drastically Curtailed Their Flight Operations.

PTI | Updated on: 19 Mar 2020, 09:33:35 AM
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Asking the pilots to not believe any hearsay, IndiGo has said it will keep them updated. (Photo Credit: Representational Image)

New Delhi:

IndiGo has told its pilots that it has become necessary to initiate some tough decisions in near future due to the economic environment. IndiGo's flight operations chief Ashim Mitra has sent out an email to the pilots on Thursday morning saying, "Economic environment in aviation sector has deteriorated significantly and it has become necessary to initiate some tough decisions over the next few days and weeks."

With countries sealing their borders partially or fully across the world due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, aviation sector has been hit extremely hard as most airlines globally have drastically curtailed their flight operations.

Mitra stated in his email: "Economic environment has deteriorated significantly and no airline is insulated from this severe downturn."

"It has become a necessity to initiate some tough calls and we are working on a string of measures that will be shared and implemented over the next few days and weeks," Mitra said.

Asking the pilots to not believe any hearsay, Mitra added that the airline will keep them updated.

"Please keep taking all the precautions against COVID-19 and we shall overcome any challenge as long as stand strong and tall against these headwinds," he said.

GoAir on Wednesday said it has terminated contracts of expat pilots amid curtailed operations due to the pandemic.

Citing "unprecedented" decline in air travel, the budget carrier announced it was suspending international operations and offering leave without pay programme to its staff on a rotational basis.

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First Published : 19 Mar 2020, 09:33:35 AM