Corona downturn forces Air India to withdraw job offers to 180 trainee cabin crewCorona downturn forces Air India to withdraw job offers to 180 trainee cabin crew
NEW DELHI: The unprecedented downturn in travel has led Air India to terminate the training of about 180 young trainee cabin crew who joined last November. The airline confirmed the move. These trainees were to be taken on board on successful completion of their course.
Earlier this week, a letter issued to the trainee cabin crew selected members said: “ … in view of the current aviation scenario, it would not be possible for Air India to impart any further training to you for engaging your services. In view of above reasons, which are beyond the control of the company, it has been decided to discontinue your training arrangement and dispense with the offer of engagement with immediate effect. The bank guarantee furnished by you at the time of joining is returned herewith.”
AI had been facing a severe shortage of cabin crew last year due to which its flights were getting impacted. On November 25, 2019, a batch of 174 trainees were given conditional job offers and were to be taken on board one successful completion of their course. But the corona impact on travel changed everything.
“However, your name is being kept in our data base as and when company decides to go for open recruitment, you may be intimated of the same to facilitate you to participate in the process … we thank you for your cooperation and trust you will appreciate the circumstances under which we are constrained to discontinue the training arrangement,” the AI personnel department letter to the trainee cabin crew adds.
AI has given some some money in lieu of notice period. For example the letter to this particular trainee was accompanied with a cheque of Rs 15,020.
11/07/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India