India's Jet to cut 1,100 more jobs

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India's Jet Airways is to lay off around 1,100 more employees, lifting total layoffs to 1,900 or 15% of its workforce.

Jet, India's largest privately owned airline, announced yesterday that around 800 flight attendants were being laid off. It also said there would be other staff cuts but it did not say how many.

Today the extent of the job cuts has become clear, as executives are quoted in local media as saying a total of 1,900 employees will be laid off. That represents around 15% of Jet's total workforce, according to the reports.

Jet has expanded rapidly in recent years but it said yesterday it had "suspended" its growth plans to cut losses. It also said it would operate 15% fewer flights in its winter schedule than initially planned.

The cuts have come just days after Jet announced a wide-ranging alliance with rival Kingfisher Airlines, although the carrier insists the downsizing is not linked to the partnership.

"We wish to clarify that the reconsideration of our operations has been ongoing for some time now and this adjustment in personnel numbers did not result from the planned alliance with Kingfisher Airlines," says Jet CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.