Pilots of Jet Airways stay away from work in protest, report sick; 25 flights cancelled

The pilots, who have been expressing their discontentment at non-payment of dues, are now protesting independently.

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The pilots, who have been expressing their discontentment at non-payment of dues, are now protesting independently.

As many as 25 Jet Airways flights were cancelled because the pilots did not turn up for work and reported sick.
While the Airline maintains that the cancellations happened due to some error in the roster, it is reported that this was the pilots’ way of protesting the non-payment of dues.

The protest by the pilots is reportedly an independent one and not under the aegis of the National Aviators Guild (NAG), which has actually apparently been requesting its members to cooperate with the management to tide over the present financial crisis being faced by Jet.

Jet Airways, however, has denied that the protests were a result of pilot non-cooperation. It has maintained system error as the reason for flight delays and cancellations.

The cash-strapped airline has incurred losses of about Rs 2,500 crore in the first half of the current fiscal. It has been struggling to tide over the financial mess through sale of assets, by talking to strategic and financial investors. The Airline had also informed stock exchanges of its intention to sell a stake of JetPrivilege, its frequent flyer business.

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