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Air India Express Fires Cabin Crew After Mass Sickout, Issues Ultimatum to Others

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In a dramatic turn of events, Air India Express, a Tata Group-owned airline, has terminated the employment of approximately 30 cabin crew members following a wave of mass sick leave. The sudden disruption in operations led to the cancellation of over 90 flights, causing significant chaos at Delhi Airport.


The crisis unfolded when nearly 300 employees failed to report to work, resulting in a premeditated and coordinated refusal to perform their duties without valid justification. The airline swiftly responded by terminating the contracts of the non-compliant cabin crew members. Passengers were left stranded as flights to destinations like Goa, Guwahati, and Srinagar were canceled at the last moment.

Ultimatum and Ongoing Merger Process in Air India Express

In an internal memo addressed to the dismissed employees, Air India Express described their actions as a “premeditated and coordinated refusal to work without valid justification.” The airline has also issued an ultimatum to striking cabin crew members, demanding their return to duty by 4 pm on Thursday. Failure to comply with this ultimatum could result in further terminations.

The timing of this unrest is particularly critical, as it coincides with the ongoing merger process with AIX Connect (formerly AirAsia India). The cabin crew members’ protest adds another layer of complexity to the merger, as they continue to voice their grievances regarding perceived injustices in their employment terms.


As Air India Express grapples with the aftermath of the mass sick leave, the airline faces the challenge of maintaining operational stability while addressing the concerns raised by its cabin crew members. Passengers and industry observers are closely watching how the situation unfolds and whether the ultimatum will prompt the striking crew to return to work.

Disclaimer: This article is based on available information as of May 9, 2024, and may be subject to updates and changes.1

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