Air India has announced plans to hive off its ground handling and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiaries with effect from February 1 to trim its workforce and to run these units as separate companies.

The ground handling units, Air India Air Transport Services Limited, would undertake ground handling activities and it would also provide service to other carriers.

The MRO subsidiary, Air India Engineering Services Limited, would undertake engineering maintenance, repair and overhaul activities for Air India’s fleet as well as for other carriers. More than 14,000 employees would be shifted to these two companies.