Monday, February 19, 2007

NAC pilots to fetch Rs 200,000 salary

Kathmandu: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Sunday decided to steeply raise pilots' allowances, bringing the total monthly salary and allowance up to around Rs 200,000, a move intended to deal with the looming scarcity of pilots. Presently, the pilots, on an average, fetch salaries and allowances amounting to around Rs 80,000.
Today's meeting of the board of directors of the corporation, endorsed a proposal to increase the salary to halt the current trend of pilots leaving the corporation, said an official at NAC.
In the last six months, three senior captains of Boeing aircraft and three captains of Twin-Otter left the corporation due to lucrative salary in foreign airlines. Now, around 55 pilots have been working with the NAC, of which nine fly in the domestic sector.
Most of the pilots quitting NAC jobs have joined Indian airlines, including Blue Dart and First-Flight. Some have hopped to Chinese airlines. The maximum amount that Nepali pilots working in foreign lands earn is US $ 10,000 a month.
19/02/07 Krishna Regmi/Kantipur Online, Nepal
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