October 16, 2008

Jet Airways Axes 800 Jobs, More to Go in Cost-Cutting

In response to the declining traffic volumes and crisis of the global financial markets, India-based Jet Airways has axed jobs of around 800 flight attendants, who were recently recruited for a planned expansion program. The company plans to cut even more jobs, and the total has reached 1,900, according to media reports.

The airline has reduced the number of flights in its winter schedule by 15% than originally planned.

Prior to these job cuts, the airline had a workforce of nearly 13,000 employees. Recently, Jet Airways announced a strategic alliance with Kingfisher Airlines. Jet confirmed that the reconsideration of its operations has been ongoing for some time now and that this adjustment in personnel numbers did not result from the planned alliance.

The company is also planning to release personnel in other categories. The other categories include probationary and unconfirmed personnel in other areas including cockpit crew and management personnel to reflect the lower number of flights and seats offered.