With revenues within the aviation sector having drastically lowered amid the 21-day lockdown imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Deccan introduced on Sunday that it’s ceasing its operations till additional discover and all staff are being placed on sabbatical with out pay with instant impact.
In an e mail to his staff, Air Deccan CEO Arun Kumar Singh stated, “In view of the recent global and domestic issues and subsequent directive by the Indian regulator (to suspend all flights till April 14), Air Deccan has no choice but to cease its operations until further notice.”
“With heavy heart, I am also compelled to inform that all existing employees of Air Deccan (permanent, temporary and contractual) are being put on sabbatical without pay with immediate effect,” he added within the e mail, which has been accessed by the PTI.
India’s first low-cost service Air Deccan, which ceased operations after being acquired by erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines in 2008, took off wings once more as a commuter airline with its maiden flight taking off for Jalgaon from Mumbai in late 2017.
There was a dream of taking flying to each doable nook of the nation, which didn’t come to fruition due to Air Deccan’s merger with the Kingfisher Airlines in 2008, he stated. “Now I have the opportunity to relaunch operations across the country,” stated the pioneer of low-cost aviation in India Captain Gopinath, who joined Air Deccan as Chairman.
Air Deccan had bagged 34 routes within the first part of bidding for Udan scheme, which caps fares at Rs 2,500 for a flight underneath one hour length.