Air India Group begins evacuating its offices from government-owned properties

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Air India Group begins evacuating its offices from government-owned properties

Air India Group begins evacuating its offices from government-owned properties

Mumbai-

Air India Group has begun evacuating its offices, which are currently being operated from government-owned properties, from this month, as part of its strategy to standardize workspaces across the country.

The loser Air India and its international budget arm Air India Express were acquired by Tata Group on January 27 this year, after successfully winning the company’s bid on October 8 last year.

Besides these two companies, Tata Group also owns a 51 percent majority stake in Vistara, the airline’s joint venture with Singapore Airlines (SIA), and an 83.67 percent stake in budget airline, AirAsia India.

Air India, Air India Express and AirAsia India will be jointly housed in a modern campus in the National Capital Region by March next year, in line with this consolidation strategy, which is being implemented to improve collaboration and more easily deploy new technology, among others, according to to manifest.

Air India has the largest base of personnel at Aviation House, Safdarjung Complex, GSD Complex and IGI Terminal One in New Delhi.

It said staff working from these locations would relocate to a temporary office in Gurugram, before eventually moving to a campus at the newly constructed Vatika One on One campus in early 2023.

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Alongside Air India, Vatika One-on-One campuses are being made available to accommodate Air India Express and AirAsia India, creating group-wide functionality to improve capacity, efficiency and economies of scale across airlines, according to the statement.

Air India said the relocation to the temporary facility at NCR is taking place during the month of September, adding that in addition to providing last mile connectivity to office buildings from the nearest public transport stations to facilitate travel, flexible working hours are also being offered to employees.

“The consolidation of so many buildings under one roof, and the evolution from a regional to a centralized structure, is a milestone in Air India’s transformation journey,” said Campbell Wilson, Managing Director and CEO of Air India.

Besides relocation and consolidation of offices, the company’s regional organizational structure will be gradually dismantled and replaced with a centralized one, which will allow consolidation of currently dispersed teams, co-location between managers and their teams and physical convergence of related functions, according to the statement.

She also said that a large team is also revisiting offices in different cities which are in old buildings, with some in Chennai and Kochi already relocating to modern office buildings. PTI IAS ANZ DRR