Maximum exodus of pilots from Alliance Air

New Delhi, Aug 11 | Updated: Aug 12 2005, 05:56am hrs
Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Indian Airlines, is facing the brunt of pilots leaving for greener pastures. Twenty-nine pilots left the airline during the current year, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

In a written reply, civil aviation minister Praful Patel said while Air-India, the countrys international flag carrier, saw four pilots quitting, 12 pilots resigned from its subsidiary Air-India Express.

Eight pilots left Indian Airlines and 29 pilots quit its subsidary Alliance Air, the minister said.

However, Air-India Express and Indian Airlines had not yet accepted the resignation of 12 and seven pilots respectively, while the request for voluntary retirement of one pilot was under examination by Indian Airlines, he said.

The minister said the resignations were a result of significant growth in aviation as there was a sudden demand of pilots. Both Air-India and Indian airlines and their subsidiaries were maintaining close interaction with the pilots with a view to retain their services, Mr Patel added.