IndiGo To Lay Off 10% Of Its Total Employees

by Sanjana Shenoy
IndiGo To Lay Off 10% Of Its Total Employees

The coronavirus pandemic has badly hit the travel and tourism industries. So much so, that IndiGo has announced to lay off 10 per cent of its total workforce. The CEO of IndiGo, Ronojoy Dutta revealed this on July 20. Earlier,  IndiGo came up with an interesting plan to let people book two seats for a single passenger. By booking two seats for a single person, travellers can maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of infection for themselves. In fact, Yaariyan actor, Himansh Kohli also purchased two flight tickets while travelling from Mumbai to New Delhi amid the pandemic. 

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IndiGo Lays Off 10% Of Total Workforce To Reduce Costs

On July 20, IndiGo CEO, Ronojoy Dutta announced that the company would lay off 10 percent of its total workforce due to the economic crisis induced by the coronavirus pandemic. Dutta stated to the media “From where things stand currently, it is impossible for our company to fly through this economic storm without making some sacrifices, in order to sustain our business operations.”

He further informed “Therefore, after carefully assessing and reviewing all possible scenarios, it is clear that we will need to bid a painful adieu to 10 per cent of our workforce. It is for the first time in the history of IndiGo that we have undertaken such a painful measure.” Since March 31, 2019, IndiGo had 23,531 employees on its payroll. IndiGo will give the impacted employees notice pay, severance pay and medical insurance coverage for upto December 2020. If the impacted employyes need to return back to their hometown then IndiGo shall assist them with a one-way confirmed ticket.

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IndiGo Permits You To Book Two Seats For A Single Passenger

IndiGo is launching a double seat scheme from July 24, 2020. Hereby a passenger can book two seats for himself or herself, keeping in mind the social distancing norms. Issuing a statement, IndiGo said, “The charges for extra seat will be effective up to 25% lower than the original booking cost. This offer is effective travel starting July 24, 2020.”

The airline also said that extra baggage won’t be allowed with the extra seat. “Regular change and cancellation charges based on the type of fare purchased will be applicable on the extra seat. The extra seat booking will not be entitled to additional baggage allowance for customers,” the statement read.

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IndiGo’s 6E Double Seat Scheme Is Available For Passengers On Its Website At 25% Lower Than Original Cost Of Seat

The low-cost carrier said the “6E double seat” scheme will not be available through travel portals, IndiGo call centre or airport counters. “Customers will be able to opt for 6E double seat only at the time of booking creation on IndiGo’s website, which will be available for both passengers as well as the travel agents. The 6E double seat option will not be available through travel portals, IndiGo call centre, airport counters or after making the original single-seat booking,” the statement added.

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IndiGo also said that the 6E double Seat Scheme will not attract any airports charges like PSF, UDF. It will only have airline components and GST. Hence will be priced at a lower rate than the total fare paid for the original booking. It also revealed that the charges on seat selection under this scheme will be applicable for both seats. And it’s a mandatory selection requirement at the time of booking. Until you plan to travel, here’s Rashi Agarwal’s air travel experience from Mumbai to Delhi amid the pandemic.