Thursday, December 17, 2020

AI pilots seek base flying allowance for those who tested Covid positive

New Delhi: Air India pilots have demanded that pilots who have tested positive for Covid-19 be given their monthly base flying allowance.

With air traffic approaching pre-Covid levels, other airlines are rolling back the temporary austerity measures for their pilots. Against this backdrop, it is all the more unfair to deny Covid positive pilots their monthly base flying allowance, the pilots said.

Due to the chaos created by the ongoing pandemic, there is a delay in processing various renewals by external agencies, be it flying licence, medical recency, Airport Entry Pass (AEP) etc. "The individual pilot or the company for that matter has no control over this as we are at the mercy of external agencies," they said.

All employees of Air India are eligible for leaves. "Denying pilots their monthly base flying allowance for proceeding on approved leave is a violation of service regulations and creates another disparity between flying and non-flying employees of Air India," they said in the letter.

17/12/20 IANS/Daijiworld

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