In an official tweet, Air India has announced that it will not layoff any of its employees amidst the pandemic crisis. The decision was taken in a meeting of the airline board and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India.

“Recent decisions of the Air India board regarding rationalisation of staff cost were reviewed in a meeting at MoCA. The meeting reiterated that unlike other carriers which have laid off a large number of their employees, no employee of Air India will be laid off,” the national carrier said.

Air India also stated that that basic pay, dearness allowance (DA) and house rent allowance (HRA) will not be reduced for any category of employees.

Although ‘rationalisation of allowances’ had been implemented, the airline said, adding that it will be reviewed once the domestic and international operations expand to reach pre-Covid levels. The flying crew will be paid according to the actual number of hours flown.

Meanwhile, Air India has started the process to identify employees in the company to be sent on compulsory leave without pay (LWP) for a period from six months up to five years, ANI report reads. A committee has been set up for “identification of redundant/surplus manpower resources.”