Thursday, August 31, 2017

1-yr notice rule for pilots: HC seeks govt, DGCA reply on plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today issued notice to the Centre, DGCA and Air India on a plea challenging the decision that senior pilots have to serve 12-month notice period before quitting or shifting to another airline.
Justice Vibhu Bakru sought response of the Centre, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline, on the petition by Indian Pilots Guild, representing senior Air India pilots who operate wide-body aircraft.

The petition has challenged the DGCA rules announced on August 16 that a one-year notice period will have to be served by commanders and six months by co-pilots.

The notice period, however, may be reduced if the air transport undertaking provides a no-objection certificate to a pilot and accepts resignation earlier than the period stipulated in the new rules, as per the amended Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR).

During the hearing, Central government standing counsel Gaurang Kanth, who also appeared for the DGCA, a regulatory body for civil aviation, said it has the powers to issue directions.
31/08/17 Economic Times