IndiGo Technicians in Hyderabad, Delhi, are sick over salary issues

A significant number of IndiGo aircraft maintenance engineers in Hyderabad and Delhi have called in sick over the past few days to protest against the salaries paid to these technicians, according to multiple sources. It comes just a week after the airline’s cabin crew went on sick leave on July 2, which delayed more than half of IndiGo’s flights.

According to a source, a significant number of aviation technicians failed to show up for work during the Friday night shift at Hyderabad airport. This was followed by technicians not showing up for work on Saturday mornings as well.

The disruptions to the country’s largest airline come at a time when rival airlines such as Air India are carrying out recruitment drives, in addition to those of upcoming airlines such as Akasa Air and a revived Jet Airways.

Just last week, days after the mass departure of cabin crew, IndiGo reinstated wages for pilots and cabin crew by an additional 8%. The airline had cut wages by around 28% during the Covid19 pandemic, and this was the second partial rollback – the first also being 8%. The company has also mandated its crew members reporting sick to visit their respective bases for verification. IndiGo did not respond to a request for comment.

Notably, IndiGo is in the midst of a senior management shakeup with CEO Ronojoy Dutta and chief commercial officer Willy Boulter set to leave the company. KLM Chairman and CEO Pieter Elbers is expected to take over as IndiGo’s next CEO.

Other companies have also seen protests from aircraft technicians this year. In March, state-owned AI Engineering Services Ltd, formerly a subsidiary of Air India, also saw its technicians go on a lightning strike for pay reviews.