Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus update: Air India pilots ask govt for financial assistance

Air India pilots have asked the government for financial assistance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The divestment-bound airline's plea for help comes as airlines across the world stare at massive losses due and even fear going bankrupt.

Two Air India pilots' unions-- Indian Aviation Guild and the Indian Commercial Pilots Association -- have said that the coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc across the globe. The pilots said that in such times Air India pilots continued to do their duty at considerable personal risk and rescue people from affected countries.

"Despite cases of infections on our aircraft and even quarantine for our crew, the employees continue to do their duty at considerable personal risk," stated the letter. "We urge you to provide urgent financial aid to Air India so that we, the airlines employees, can keep on doing our jobs and (continue) serving the nation," the unions said.

The pilots said that the government has not infused any funds into the airline in the current financial year and stated that it would make it impossible for Air India to meet its monthly financial obligations.
17/03/20 BusinessToday.In
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