Jet Airways
Jet Airways

For the first time Jet Airways’ Pilots Union have sought help from the government for their unpaid salaries, officials confirmed.

The pilots’ union of crisis-hit Jet Airways has approached the government flagging concerns about salary arrears, saying that the situation is leading to extreme tension and frustration, according to a letter.

In view of the worsening situation, the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG) — a grouping of over 1,000 pilots of Jet Airways — has written to Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar.

In a letter to Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar, National Aviators Guild, which represents the majority of Jet’s pilots, has asked that the airline immediately pay their outstanding salaries and allowances till date with interest.

“This situation is leading to extreme tension and frustration amongst our members, hardly an ideal situation for pilots in the cockpit,” captain Karan Arora, president of the union, said in the letter dated March 6, seen by news agency Reuters.

The cash-strapped airline has been delaying salary payment to its employees for the past few months. The carrier airline has also defaulted on loan repayments amounting to $1 billion in debt.  The airline is in talks with state-backed banks for a rescue deal and emergency funds.

The pilots in August were given a staggered schedule of payments for salaries but Jet has not kept up, the union said, adding the airline still owes the pilots most of the salary for December and all of January and February.

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