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Air India Express terminates 25 cabin crew members amid mass ‘sick leave,’ leading to the cancellation of 85 flights.

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The mass sick leave was viewed as a pre-planned and coordinated refusal to work without valid justification.

Air India Express dismisses 25 cabin crew members after numerous employees called in sick, causing flight disruptions. The airline cancels 85 flights and aims to run 283 flights on Thursday.

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Per airline sources, management fired cabin crew who called in sick from Tuesday to Wednesday for their unprofessional conduct, inconveniencing passengers.

An Air India Express spokesperson said, “While we’ll keep communicating with our cabin crew to handle any concerns, we’re taking necessary measures against specific individuals as their actions have inconvenienced thousands of our guests.”

A town hall meeting is scheduled by the company for Thursday at 2 pm. In the meantime, the airline intends to run 283 flights, with Air India assisting on 20 routes. However, 85 flights are still cancelled, and passengers are advised to verify their flight status before going to the airport.

Air India Express
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India – October 10, 2011: Airplane of Air India Airline unloading luggage in the airport of Varanasi.

The mass sick leave was considered a breach of employee service regulations, leading to immediate dismissal for those implicated. CEO Aloke Singh stated, “Air India Express is exerting all efforts to reduce inconvenience to our guests caused by this unforeseen circumstance. Today, we will operate 283 flights, with Air India assisting on 20 routes. Nonetheless, 85 of our flights are canceled, and we advise our guests to verify if their flight is impacted before going to the airport.”

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has requested a comprehensive report from Air India Express, emphasizing the swift resolution of issues and compliance with DGCA regulations for passenger amenities.

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