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Top flight caterer close operations at Delhi & Mumbai airports,1300 jobs to be affected

NEW DELHI: One in every of India’s largest flight caterers, SkyGourmand, has shut its enormous kitchens at Delhi and Mumbai airports according to a report published in Times Of India. The two models collectively had about 1,300 staff. This is seen as fall out of pandemic on aviation industry. Now each the airports have three flight caterers — Tata Group’s TajSats, Oberoi Flight Services and Ambassador’s Sky Chef.
When the pandemic started, the SkyGourmand unit at Ahmedabad airport shut down. Currently, the one operational unit is at Hyderabad airport.
A spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) confirmed that operations at IGI Airport had been stopped on January 31. Asked if the closure was the results of enterprise being hit by Covid-19 or different causes like lease not being prolonged, DIAL mentioned the “view on this can be taken from SkyGourmet.” However, staff mentioned they had been informed the Delhi unit was being shut as a result of non-extension of lease.
“When operations resumed post the lockdown, we catered to the largest number of flights since last October in Delhi at nearly 200 daily. IndiGo was our biggest customer and we handled about 100 of their flights, followed by others like Air India, SpiceJet and AirAsia India. The Delhi unit had about 800 employees, some of whom were contractual,” mentioned a surprised worker.
Now, the kitchen at IGIA is being demolished to return the leased land to the airport operator. DIAL mentioned it was “yet to finalise the use of the vacated land”.
The Mumbai unit had about 500 staff and dealt with about 100 flights day by day. The resumption of companies had given staffers hope that like all different flight kitchens, they too would one way or the other survive the downturn.