Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Centre favouring private airline sover Air India, alleges pilots' union

Private airlines are enjoying a “preferential treatment” by the Centre as the country’s aviation sector show signs of recovery, two pilots’ body associated with the state-owned flight carrier alleged, while calling for a review in their pandemic-induced pay cuts.

“[The private carriers’] recovery is generously helped by preferential treatment in terms of number of flights allotted to them vis-a-vis Air India,” Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) and Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) claimed in a joint letter addressed to Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday, November 2.

Air India, operated by Air India Limited, is currently fully owned by the Government of India. ICPA represents the pilots flying Air India’s narrow-body aircraft; IPG represents those who fly wide-body aircraft of the national carrier.

The associations were requesting the Ministry to convene an “urgent meeting” to reverse the pay cuts that were introduced in the month of April this year when the country was under a nationwide lockdown with passenger flight services being brought to a grinding halt. According to the bodies, the proposed changes had since then translated into a salary cut of almost 60% in gross emoluments to the pilots.

In addition to this, “a drastic reduction in flying vis-a-vis private carriers has greatly diminished our livelihoods,” the letter said, adding that it is building on the stress of the pilots “who struggle to meet the needs of their children’s education or ailing elderly parents".

03/11/20 Ronak Chhabra/News Click

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