Friday, November 02, 2018

Jet Airways allows pilots to quit without notice

Mumbai: Jet Airways has given its pilots the option to leave the airline without serving a notice period as the financially stressed carrier cuts capacity and operations amid cash crunch. Many are opting for this given the uncertainty around the airline’s ability to stay afloat, people close to the situation said.
More than 50 pilots have resigned in the last couple of months with most leaving after serving a notice period of just 48 hours. These comprise mostly pilots of ATR turboprop planes. Out of its 16 ATRs, Jet has grounded three and plans to put six out of operation shortly. It operates a total of 124 aircraft.
Jet has about 16,000 employees, including 2,000 pilots.
“We strongly refute observations regarding the indicated numbers, timeframe as well as the nature of crew departures. Attrition is a part of any organisation and at Jet Airways, it is well within industry norms. The company respects the personal decisions of its employees to pursue opportunities outside the organisation,” a Jet spokesperson told ET in an emailed response.
02/11/18 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times