Air India express sets deadline for striking cabin crew, fires 25

Air India Express has issued a stern ultimatum to its remaining cabin crew members who called in sick, demanding their return to duty by 4 pm on Thursday or face termination.

Air India Express has issued a stern ultimatum to its remaining cabin crew members who called in sick, demanding their return to duty by 4 pm on Thursday or face termination. This ultimatum follows the airline’s decision to terminate approximately 25 cabin crew members who reported sick, resulting in the cancellation of over 90 flights on Wednesday.

The Tata Group-owned airline faced significant disruptions due to the absence of cabin crew, leading to widespread flight cancellations. In response, Air India Express has taken decisive action, signalling a zero-tolerance approach to such disruptions.

Furthermore, the airline has already cancelled around 60 flights for Thursday due to the continued unavailability of cabin crew. With approximately 1,400 cabin crew members, including 500 at the senior level, Air India Express is under immense pressure to restore normal operations swiftly.

The crisis began when over 200 cabin crew members started reporting sick from Tuesday night, protesting alleged mismanagement within the airline. These protests have highlighted underlying tensions within Air India Express, raising concerns about its operational efficiency and employee satisfaction.

According to a letter obtained by IANS, over 100 of our cabin crew members have reported sick abruptly before their scheduled flight duties since yesterday, causing significant disruptions to our operations. This sudden action, predominantly by colleagues assigned the L1 role, has resulted in the disproportionate disruption of more than 90 flights, despite other colleagues fulfilling their duty commitments.

Singh expressed that these disruptions have had a ripple effect across our entire network, compelling us to adjust our schedules in the coming days. These adjustments were necessary to manage the shortage of crew and to restore normalcy to our flight schedules. Singh emphasized that the actions of a few do not reflect the dedication and commitment of the over 2,000 cabin crew members who diligently serve our guests with pride and professionalism. He expressed gratitude to those who are standing in solidarity with the airline during this challenging time

The termination of 25 cabin crew members marks a significant escalation in the standoff between the airline management and its workers. It highlights the severity of the situation and the urgency to mediate the ongoing dispute.