Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Air India pays flying allowance to pilots, stir averted

New Delhi:  It is a happy Eid for Air India’s (AI) flying crew. The airline has paid July’s flying allowance to pilots — which comprises almost 70 per cent of their total pay.

AI is facing a severe cash crunch due to which payment of salaries has been delayed for five months now. “Salary and flying allowance delay has been tormenting us for months and (we) are committed to resolving the issue,” the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA, union of erstwhile Indian Airlines’ pilots) said in a letter to its members.

The union had about a week back threatened to stop flying if the flying allowance wasn’t paid. However in wake of the serious natural calamity in Kerala, they had put any industrial action on hold and had offered to do as many relief flights as needed. “Our heart goes out to our fellow brothers and sisters in Kerala who are battling the severe natural calamity of unprecedented flooding. Kerala is reeling under the worst natural calamity it has faced in nearly a century… We as a union would like to extend our cooperation that may help in aid our fellow citizens and extend any cooperation that may help lessen the pain in Kerala,” ICPA general secretary Captain T Praveen Keerthi said in a letter to the PM last Saturday.
22/08/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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