IndiGo, India’s biggest private airline, has announced 10 percent layoff of its employees as coronavirus pandemic has forced it to re-evaluate its “best-laid plans”. The layoffs at IndiGo came in the wake of declining revenues due to months of restrictions imposed by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus.

On Monday, IndiGo’s CEO Ronojoy Dutta said, “From where things stand currently, it is impossible for our company to fly through this economic storm without making some sacrifices. The current pandemic has impacted many industries around the world, amongst which aviation has been one of the sectors that has been impacted the hardest. Therefore, after carefully assessing and reviewing all possible scenarios, it is clear that we will need to bid a painful adieu to 10 percent of our workforce. It is the first time in the history of IndiGo that we have undertaken such a painful measure”.

IndiGo, which is owned and operated by InterGlobe Aviation had 23,531 employees on its payroll at the end of March 2019.

The airline said that it will provide notice pay as well as severance pay to its impacted staff. Every impacted employee will receive at least three months of gross salary, including both payments, according to the company.

The aviation sector resumed domestic operations on May 25 after an interval of two months. The government has allowed airlines only at one-third capacity.