“Those who are on sanctioned leave must also try to voluntarily report for duty.”: Air India
National carrier Air India Friday requested its “inactive” crew members to “immediately” join work at a time when the airline has been forced to cancel and reroute a number of US and Europe-bound flights due to closure of Pakistan airspace since February 27.
“I would like to assure you that there will be dramatic improvement in the situation in a few weeks, however, today, on behalf of the chairman I would like to earnestly appeal to all cabin crew to immediately rally behind the company in this hour of crisis,” said Executive Director of Air India Madhu Mathen in a letter on Friday.
Stating that the crisis has been precipitated by the closure of Pakistan’s airspace and resultant reroutings and stopovers, Madhu Mathen said Air India’s chariman and managing director Ashwani Lohani “has requested all inactive crew to report for duty today itself”.
Inactive crew members are employees who are on any kind of leave be it casual, medical or privilege.
“Those who are on sanctioned leave must also try to voluntarily report for duty. Looking forward to your positive response,” he said.
As Pakistan keeps its airspace closed since the Indian Air Force strikes on a terrorist camp in Balakot on February 26, the operating cost for Air India, which flies to destinations in Europe and the US, has increased significantly as it is has to take longer routes.
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