Mired in debt, India’s national carrier is deploying a raft of measures that it hopes will allow it to save some much-needed cash. These initiatives include ensuring employees pay for their taxis, asking crew members to share hotel rooms at mid-range properties and not upgrading family and friends.
Mired in debt, India’s national carrier is deploying a raft of measures that it hopes will enable it to save some money, The Economic Times reports.
Earlier this week, Jayant Sinha, India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation, revealed that what has been described as a revival package for Air India would be unveiled shortly. While the specifics aren’t yet known, the outlet reports that, in the meantime, Air India is already rolling out a number of cost-saving measures.
For example, cabin crew who are running late for their flights will now be required to pay the cost of their own taxis to the airport. As an added enticement to timeliness, the outlet reports that, “…the airline will roster the late-comers for only domestic flights for a year, where they stand to lose their overseas flying allowance.”
As another measure, Air India is asking crew operating out of bases outside of New Delhi to relocate to the nation’s capital. In a similar vein, crew accommodation is another area where the carrier is seeking to cut costs; it has now asked cabin crew to share a twin occupancy room rather than private single units and requests that staff stay in more modest three-star accommodation as opposed to luxurious four- and five-star properties.
The carrier is also clamping down on staff using their discounts to upgrade family and friends from economy to more lucrative classes and, in a bid to protect its reputation as well as its coffers, has asked employees to avoid appearing in or publishing in any objectionable online content.
Air India is said to have addressed this particular point earlier this summer in a statement, which, as quoted by the outlet, read, “It has been reported that several videos are being posted by cabin crew in uniform on YouTube, Music.Ly (Tic Toc, Facebook etc) which are not only in bad taste but also do not reflect well for the company.”