Friday, January 03, 2020

Kolkata: Jet ex-staffers find jobs with other airlines, airport

Kolkata: Around half the employees of grounded airline Jet Airways in Kolkata and a section of its contractual staff have found re-employment at a time when jobs are scarce not just in the city but all over the country.

Around 200 regular employees and 600 contractual staffers were rendered jobless last year when the premium airline had suddenly gone bust. Some of the employees had not received salaries for three months.

This is an intelligent — and a very humane — response to a grave problem. We also hope the inline baggage scanner roll-out keeps to the current deadline.

While the situation had appeared extremely bleak in the days and months following the crisis, nearly 100 employees and 70 pilots had been absorbed by other carriers. IndiGo — that has now emerged as the largest airline in the country — has taken a bulk of erstwhile Jet Airways pilots and retrained them for its aircraft fleet. SpiceJet and Go Air, too, employed a chunk of the rest.

Around 34 staffers from Jet Airways’s security department in Kolkata, have also been taken in as dedicated baggage screeners by the airport operator for the inline baggage screening facility that is slated to begin next month.

“ILBS operation requires specialized screeners. Hence, we selected 80 such personnel who are currently undergoing on-job training at airports where the system is functional. Among them, there are a number of Jet Airways staffers who had lost their jobs. Since they have experience of working at this airport for several years and the expertise to operate standalone X-ray baggage scanners, we gave some of the Jet Airways staffers priority during the recruitment process. However, all such trainees need to appear for a test conducted by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security,” said airport director Kaushik Bhattacharjee.

However, senior and midlevel ground staffers, particularly those above 40 and many with over 15 years of experience, are still waiting for the right opportunity. Many have tried out different jobs but quit as they did not fit the profile. Most of them are still hoping that Jet Airways will revive.
03/01/20 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India
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