Jet Airways says can’t clear pilots’ dues immediately

By: |
Mumbai | March 30, 2019 10:32 PM

Earlier Friday, around 200 pilots had written individually to the Jet CEO, threatening to go on "leave of absence". A source in the pilots' community said around 200 pilots had written to the CEO flagging concerns about non-payment of salaries.

Jet Airways, Jet Airways pilots, Jet Airways pilot salary, National Aviators Guild, Naresh Goyal, industry newsEarlier Friday, around 200 pilots had written individually to the Jet CEO, threatening to go on “leave of absence”. (Reuters)

Struggling private carrier Jet Airways has expressed inability to clear salary dues of its pilots, saying it could pay only the balance 87.50 per cent of December pay, amid the looming threat of halting of operations from April 1.

Meanwhile, the airline’s pilots body, the National Aviators Guild (NAG), has called an `open house’ of its members in New Delhi and Mumbai Sunday. The pilots, who along with engineers and senior staff have not been paid for almost four months now, have said they will not fly from April if dues were not cleared and a roadmap on future payment was not provided by March 31.

“The board of directors and the management team are working as fast as possible to implement the resolution plan agreed with the consortium of Indian lenders to quickly restore the much-needed stability to our operations and build a sustainable future for the airline.

“These are complex processes and it has taken longer than we had expected and as such we are only able to remit your remaining salary for December 2018,” Jet Airways chief executive officer Vinay Dube said in a communication to pilots Saturday.

Last week, SBI-led consortium of lenders became the owner of Jet Airways after its founder-chairman Naresh Goyal along with his wife Anita stepped down from the board under a debt-rejig plan. Goyal also quit the chairman’s post.

In the last few months the airline has witnessed exceedingly challenging times in the organisation, Dube said, adding, “We understand the hardship, anxiety and uncertainty which each of you have endured.

“We realise that this remittance does not lift the financial hardship that each of you are facing… we continue to work on additional funding on an urgent basis and shall advise you about the release of the remaining salary arrears as the funds come in,” he added.

Earlier Friday, around 200 pilots had written individually to the Jet CEO, threatening to go on “leave of absence”. A source in the pilots’ community said around 200 pilots had written to the CEO flagging concerns about non-payment of salaries.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1India to impose permanent ban on 59 Chinese apps including TikTok
2India on cusp of start-up explosion boom, dozens of unicorns in offing: Gautam Adani
3Amazon files plea with Delhi HC to enforce SIAC interim order