AirAsia cuts pilot salaries by 40% for May, June as aviation continues to face coronavirus heat

Tata Group and AirAsia Ltd JV AirAsia India has imposed salary cuts for its pilots by an average 40% as the aviation business continues to face heat from coronavirus pandemic. The salary reduction is for the months of May and June, an airline source said, PTI reported. For those in managerial positions and other categories, the salary cuts remain same as April level. The senior management at AirAsia India had borne a 20% pay cut in April, while the executives in other categories got reduced salaries by 7-17%. The airline has not deducted the pays of those employees who earn lesser than Rs 50,000 per month. The airline has been serving in India for nearly six years and employs around 2,500 people. As many as 600 of them are pilots for its 30 Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.

AirAsia was earlier paying its pilots for flat 70 hours irrespective of flying or no flying. The same has now been brought down to 20 hours. “This way, the average salary of a first officer (junior pilot) has come down to Rs 40,000 per month from Rs 1.40 lakh

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