Tata-Owned Air India Cuts 180 Jobs, Cites Business Streamlining
Tata-Owned Air India Cuts 180 Jobs, Cites Business Streamlining

In recent weeks, Tata-owned Air India has let go of over 180 non-flying employees. The company clarified that these staff members were unable to take advantage of voluntary retirement schemes (VRS) or re-skilling opportunities, according to media reports.

An Air India spokesperson stated that approximately one percent of the employee base, who couldn't avail themselves of VRS or re-skilling opportunities, had to leave the company. Since Tata's takeover in January 2022, efforts have been underway to streamline the airline's business model. According to a spokesperson, non-flying employees have been reassigned roles based on organizational needs and individual merit.

"A thorough process has been followed to evaluate all employees over the past 18 months. During this time, various voluntary retirement schemes and re-skilling opportunities have been provided," the spokesperson said.

While the exact number of laid-off staff was not disclosed by the spokesperson, media reports suggest it was slightly over 180 employees. The company assured that it is fulfilling all contractual obligations.

Furthermore, Air India highlighted its multi-year transformational initiative, Vihaan.AI, aiming to establish an agile and effective organizational structure aligned with its business model to support expansion and ambition.

In other news, domestic air traffic saw a 4.8 percent annual increase to ₹1.26 crore last month. However, flight delays affected more than 1.55 lakh passengers during the same period, as reported by the media.

In February, Air India's market share rose to 12.8 percent from 12.2 percent, while IndiGo's share slightly dropped to 60.1 percent from 60.2 percent in January.

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