Pilots warn Jet Airways: Pay salaries by month end or we will stop flying from April 1

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Published: March 19, 2019 6:23:45 PM

In what may spell further trouble for Jet Airways, the pilots of the cash strapped airline have threatened to stop flying from April 1 if the resolution plan is delayed and pending salaries are not cleared by the month end.

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In what may spell further trouble for Jet Airways, the pilots of the cash strapped airline have threatened to stop flying from April 1 if the resolution plan is delayed and pending salaries are not cleared by the month end, news agency PTI reported.

The decision was taken by National Aviators Guild at the annual meeting of Jet Airways domestic pilots body after a meeting today, the report added. Nearly 300 pilots will also organise a silent march at Siroya in a mark of protest, CNBC TV18 reported.

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“If there is no proper clarity on the resolution process and salary payments, by March 31, we will stop flying from April 1,” PTI reported citing the pilots guild.

A letter was shot by the guild to the Union labour minister seeking intervention last week, after failing to get any assurance from the company management on salaries.

Earlier today DGCA had warned against further attrition of Jet Airways flights terming the ‘dynamic.’ The airline has 41 aircrafts available for operation currently, of the 119 in total, the aviation regulator had said.

“The DGCA reviewed the performance of Jet Airways on operational, airworthiness & passenger facilitation today. Current availability of aircraft in the fleet for operation is 41 and accordingly scheduled for 603 domestic flights and 382 international flights has been drawn. However, it is a dynamic situation and there may be further attrition in coming weeks”, news agency PTI had reported citing DGCA spokesperson.

The regulator had  also instructed the cash-strapped airline to abide by “the relevant provisions of the applicable CARs (Civil Aviation Requirements) for facilitation of passengers regarding timely communication, compensation, refunds and providing alternate flights wherever applicable”, PTI had also reported the company spokesperson as saying.

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