As services of domestic and international flights are shut amid COVID-19 outbreak in the country, Air Deccan has said it is ceasing its operations until further notice and asked all its all employees to go on sabbatical without pay with immediate effect as revenues in the aviation sector having drastically reduced amid the 21-day lockdown imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an email to his employees, Air Deccan CEO Arun Kumar Singh said, "In view of the recent global and domestic issues and subsequent directive by the Indian regulator (to suspend all flights till April 14), Air Deccan has no choice but to cease its operations until further notice. With heavy heart, I am also compelled to inform that all existing employees of Air Deccan (permanent, temporary and contractual) are being put on sabbatical without pay with immediate effect," he added in the email.
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(With inputs from PTI)