14 Jet Airways flights cancelled as pilots call in ‘sick’
Mumbai: At least 14 flights of Jet Airways had to be cancelled at the last minute on Sunday after some of its pilots reported “sick” over non-payment of their dues.
“At least 14 flights have been cancelled so far due to some pilots reporting sick. They are protesting against non-payment of salary, dues and the indifferent attitude of the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG) in taking up the issue with the management,” the source said, news agency PTI reported.
The NAG is a domestic pilots body of Jet Airways, representing over 1,000 pilots.
The loss-making private carrier has been defaulting on salary disbursement to its senior management along with pilots and engineer since August due to severe cash crunch. The airline has partially paid to these staff for September while the full salaries of October and November also remain unpaid.
The airline said in a statement the flights were cancelled due to an “unforeseen operational circumstance, and not pilot non-cooperation”. It, however, did not give the number of flights cancelled.