Thursday, November 03, 2016

Jet flights hit as pilots report sick to protest rostering plan

New Delhi: Jet Airways' pilots are on the warpath over last-minute rostering, or being asked to do flights anytime without following the published roster, which they claim has affected their family lives.
The airline pilots' union, National Aviators' Guild (NAG), decided to follow a safety week from last Friday (October 28) in which its members were directed to follow the published duty chart and not accept any last-minute requests. In the past six days, over 100 Jet flights have been affected — with Wednesday alone seeing almost 20 flights being hit. Being the peak travel season, the airline managed to get NAG to call off the "safety week" on Wednesday after assuring that Jet CEO Amit Agarwal will "resolve all (pilot) grievances".
In a mail sent to pilots on Wednesday, Jet's senior VP (operations) Captain Nikhil B Ved said: "Over the last few days, there have been disruption to many of our flights due to non-availability of an unusually high number of pilots who have been 'reporting sick'. Simultaneously, it was observed that the Jet pilot representatives advised its members to desist from accepting any changes made to the(ir) roster."
03/11/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India