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    Air India to restore staff salaries to pre-COVID levels in phased manner

    Air India to restore staff salaries to pre-COVID levels in phased manner

    Air India to restore staff salaries to pre-COVID levels in phased manner
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    India's aviation sector was badly hit due to the pandemic-induced travel restrictions during the last two years and therefore, all airlines in India had cut salaries.

    Air India is restoring salaries of employees in a phased manner to pre-pandemic levels as the aviation sector is recovering with the decline of COVID-19 cases in the country, according to the airline's official document on Tuesday.
    India's aviation sector was badly hit due to the pandemic-induced travel restrictions during the last two years and therefore, all airlines in India had cut salaries.
    Air India's document on Tuesday said pilots' flying allowance, special pay and wide body allowance were cut by 35 percent, 40 percent and 40 percent, respectively, after the onset of the pandemic. From April 1 this year, flying allowance, special pay and wide body allowance of pilots are being restored by 20 percent, 25 percent and 25 percent, respectively, the document stated.
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    Cabin crew members' flying allowance and wide body allowance was cut by 15 percent and 20 percent, respectively, during the peak of the pandemic, the document noted. Flying allowance and wide body allowance of cabin crew members are being restored by 10 and five percent, respectively, from April 1, the document said. The allowances given to officers and other staff members were cut by 50 percent and 30 percent, respectively, during the pandemic, it mentioned.
    While officers' allowances are being restored by 25 percent from April 1, other staff members' allowances are being restored to pre-pandemic level from April 1, it noted. Gross emoluments given to Indian employees who are based at foreign locations was cut by 10 percent at a maximum of $300 during the pandemic, it said.
    These gross emoluments are being restored by 5 percent at a maximum of $150, it noted. Similarly, India-based officers' gross emoluments were cut by $300 during the pandemic, and it is being restored by $150 from April 1, it mentioned.
    All the aforementioned components of salaries of employees will be restored to their pre-pandemic levels on April 1 next year, it said. "As the hope of a post-pandemic world seems within reach and the aviation sector takes off once again with some visible changes in our performance, we are happy to inform you that your salary cuts have been reviewed and the restoration of salaries will happen in a phased manner," the document said.
    India logged just 949 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,30,39,972, while the active cases rose to 11,191, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
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