Sunday, September 13, 2009

Jet pilots stir ends, flights to resume immediately
MUMBAI: The five-day-old stir by Jet Airways pilots ended on Saturday night as the airline management and the agitators reached a settlement under which the four sacked pilots would be reinstated and a consultative group made up of the two sides formed t o resolve all issues.
The breakthrough in the impasse between the pilots, who had begun their agitation on Tuesday protesting the sacking of their colleagues, came after a marathon meeting here lasting more than ten hours.
Jet Airways Executive Director Saroj Dutta said flight operations of the airline on interantional routes would resume immediately while the domestic services would normalise by noon on Sunday.
Announcing the settlement at a news conference, the pilots’ union National Aviators Guild leader Sam Thomas, flanked by Jet Airways Executive Director Saroj Dutta and NAG President Girish Kaushik, said it has been agreed that the four sacked pilots would be reinstated with immediate effect.
A consultative group would be set up comprising the Jet CEO Hafiz Ali, two directors of the airlines, two representatives of flight operations and five pilots to continue the process of dialogue on all outstanding issues as well those which will come up. - PTI
Jet cancels 152 flights, efforts to restore normalcy on: Over 150 Jet Airways flights today remained cancelled even as the airlines made all efforts to restore normalcy after its pilots called off their five-day long stir and decided to get back t o work following an agreement between them and the airlines management.
About 139 domestic and 13 international flights, including 27 from the national capital, were cancelled this morning, as per the list of cancelled flights posted on the airlines' website.
Over 400 pilots, who reported “sick” for the last five days, decided to resume their duties after a nine-hour-long meeting with the airlines management in Mumbai last night.
98 Jet pilots report for duty in Mumbai: Nearly 100 of the 400 agitating pilots of Jet Airways reported for duty here today as the airlines said that its flight operations will return to normalcy soon.
“We are operating 172 domestic and 72 international flights. So far, 98 pilots have already reported fit. The operation is expected to return to normal soon,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said. The airline will initially schedule its operations on a 12-hou r basis and will extend it subsequently after more flights are added into operations, he said. - PTI


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