State-owned Air India is putting in place a system of mandatory rostering to improve efficiency of its set of pilots, nearly a fourth of who in an internal audit have been found working for less than 40 hours a month as against 80 hours stipulated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) under FDTL norms (flight duty time limitations).
A senior official in the airline told Business Standard, “We have added 11 aircraft and two new sectors to Birmingham and Australia this year. There is a substantial number of pilots who are working less than 30-40 hours a month. We are implementing the FDTL guidelines as outlined by the DGCA and are putting in place a system of mandatory rostering to enhance employee efficiency.”
According to DGCA regulations, commercial pilots cannot fly for more than 1,000 hours per year. Currently Air India pilots on an average fly 63 hours per month as compared to 80 hours flown by pilots in private airlines.
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