Cash-strapped Jet Airways cancels 14 flights as pilots report 'sick' over non-payment of salaries

Jet Airways has partially paid the salaries of these staff members for September even as the full salaries of October and November remain unpaid.

Press Trust of India December 03, 2018 09:18:10 IST
Cash-strapped Jet Airways cancels 14 flights as pilots report 'sick' over non-payment of salaries

Mumbai: Jet Airways cancelled at least 14 flights to various destinations on Sunday after some of its pilots reported "sick" over non-payment of their dues, sources said. The loss-making Jet Airways has been defaulting on the payment of salaries to its senior management, pilots and engineers since August due to a severe cash crunch.

Jet Airways has partially paid the salaries of these staff members for September even as the full salaries of October and November remain unpaid.

"At least 14 flights have been cancelled so far due to some pilots reporting sick. They are protesting against the non-payment of salaries and the attitude of the National Aviator's Guild (NAG) in taking up the issue with the management," the source said.

The NAG is a domestic-pilots body of Jet Airways, representing over a 1,000 pilots.

Cashstrapped Jet Airways cancels 14 flights as pilots report sick over nonpayment of salaries

Representational image. Reuters

Jet Airways has said that the flights were cancelled over an "unforeseen operational circumstance" and not because of the protest by pilots.

"Some pilots have also written to Chairman Naresh Goyal, saying they are unwilling to work this way," another source said.

Jet Airways said the passengers of the cancelled flights were informed about the status of their flights via SMS alerts and that they were re-accommodated or compensated.

"The company continues to enjoy the complete support and cooperation of all its employees, including pilots and engineers, individually and through their respective representative bodies, who have extended their solidarity and full support to the airline," Jet Airways said.

Jet Airways also said that the management of the private carrier is in a "continuous dialogue" with the pilots and other teams to discuss and resolve the ongoing issues including the disbursement of salaries.

"As stated earlier, Jet Airways is committed to meet its obligations and has been progressively addressing this issue with the employees," it said.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

DGCA says suspension of international passenger flights extended till 15 July, may allow operation on case-by-case basis
India

DGCA says suspension of international passenger flights extended till 15 July, may allow operation on case-by-case basis

Scheduled international passenger flights were suspended in India on 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

US imposes restrictions on chartered flights under Vande Bharat Mission, cites 'discriminatory and restrictive' practices on India's part
India

US imposes restrictions on chartered flights under Vande Bharat Mission, cites 'discriminatory and restrictive' practices on India's part

The US Department of Transportation has barred Air India from operating chartered flights between India and the United States from 22 July without its prior approval

DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international flights till 31 July, some on selected routes may be allowed
India

DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international flights till 31 July, some on selected routes may be allowed

Scheduled international passenger flights were first suspended in India on 23 March due to the coronavirus pandemic