New Delhi, December 3: Jet Airways cancelled 14 flights to various destinations on Sunday after some of its pilots reported "sick" due to non-payments of their dues, sources said. Clearing its stance the airline said in a statement the flights were cancelled due to an “unforeseen operational circumstance, and not pilot non-cooperation.” Jet Airways to Suspend Flights to Seven Gulf Countries, Fly More Planes From Delhi & Mumbai
This comes after the private carrier has been defaulting on the disbursements of salaries of its senior employees along with pilots since severe cash crunch. Flight Ticket Rates May go Down as Jet Fuel Prices Slashed by 11 Per Cent For December.
Jet Airways spokesperson on 14 Jet Airways flights cancelled yesterday after pilots reportedly called in sick: The management is in regular dialogue with pilots and other teams to discuss and resolve on-going issues including disbursement of salaries. https://t.co/qFwljCWcCr
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2018
Jet Airways spokesperson while speaking on the matter said, "Would like to reiterate that the reason for cancellations of 2nd Dec flights was due to an unforeseen operational circumstance¬ pilot non-cooperation, as being unduly speculated." The airline further added, "The management is in regular dialogue with pilots and other teams to discuss and resolve on-going issues including disbursement of salaries."
Jet Airways said the passengers of the affected flights were informed via SMS alerts and they have been re-accommodated in other flights or compensated. Some other reports stated that some of the pilots have also written to airline founder and chairman Naresh Goyal stating that they are unwilling to work in this circumstances.
Meanwhile, in a bid to revive itself, the airline has decided to suspend flights to seven Gulf countries from some cities, however, it will not suspend its Gulf operations completely. It is reported that these major changes will come into effect from December 5.