Thursday, August 24, 2017

Plea in Delhi HC against 1 yr notice period rule of DGCA

New Delhi: A plea was today moved in the Delhi High Court challenging the DGCA's decision that senior pilots have to serve a 12-month notice period before quitting an airline and shifting to another.
The petition by the Indian Pilots Guild, representing senior Air India pilots who operate widebody aircraft, was mentioned before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra for an urgent hearing tomorrow.
The bench, however, said there was no urgency in the matter and it will be listed for hearing in the normal course.
The petition, mentioned by advocate Kaushiq, challenges the Directorate General of Civil Aviation's (DGCA) rules announced on August 16 saying that pilots shall give a notice period of at least one year in respect of commanders and six months in respect of co-pilots, to the employer.
The notice period, however, may be reduced if the air transport undertaking provides a no-objection certificate to a pilot and accepts his resignation earlier than the period stipulated in the amended rules, as per the amended Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR).
24/08/17 PTI/Times of India