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Over 1,000 Jet Airways pilots not to fly from Monday

17 April 2019

It however deferred the strike in view of a critical meeting between the airline management and the SBI.

The Guild, which has around 1,100 pilots as its members, had chose to stop flying from April 15 in protest against non-payment of salaries since March. The airline is also facing protests from its employees, who have not been paid on time for months.

Jet has "suspended" all flights to South and Southeast Asian nations as well as services from Chennai to Paris and Toronto, it said in a statement.

NAG had on March 31 decided that if the Jet management failed to pay the dues to pilots and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME), it would take a final decision on April 15. It also announced the resignation of one of its independent directors, Rajshree Pathy, from the company for other commitments.

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Not only the airline but also the journey over the past four-five months have been extremely hard for ground staff at the airline, they have been humiliated by passengers over the cancellation of flights besides facing financial hurdles.

The union asserted that it will meet on Monday with the airline management and State Bank of India (SBI) as no collective decision has been taken yet. The pilots, engineers and cabin crew of the airlines assembled at the headquarters on Monday morning to show their solidarity.

Currently, the airline owes over Rs 8,000 crore to a consortium of lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI).

According to sources, the meeting was called after Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu asked secretary of the department Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways.

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An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, the communication added.

Jet's fleet has been cut from 120 in January to just seven planes.

The consortium of lenders that prepared the rescue deal for the debt-laden Jet Airways permitted Goyal was allowed to submit an EoI on the condition that he bid as part of a consortium with other investors where he would hold a minority stake, said a report in Mint quoting people in the know of the matter.

Late last month Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal announced he would step down from the board of the Indian airline as well as reducing his stake in the carrier.

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Over 1,000 Jet Airways pilots not to fly from Monday