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April 2, 2020

News in brief – 2nd March

By Duncan West

Salary sacrifice: IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta announced on Thursday that the airline was instituting pay cuts for senior employees and he would himself take the highest cut of 25 percent.

Germany vs. Australia: German cruise ship MV Artania has refused to leave Western Australian waters after the confirmation of Covid-19 cases onboard. The Australian Border Force (ABF) had ordered the cruise ship to leave Fremantle after many of the passengers were repatriated and sent home on 29th March. However, approximately 450 people, mostly crew members, are still on board. 12 of them are reported to be too unwell to fly. Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has requested The Australian Government to intervene and send the ship off Australian waters, saying: “If the ship needs to be cleaned, clean it and then get it on its way.”

Low-cost cuts in Mexico: ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris has reduced capacity as Mexico declared a state of emergency, effective until the end of this month. The carrier has reduced its capacity of available seat miles by 80%.

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