Air India faces turbulence as 33 more pilots quit


The government-owned, loss-making Air India is once again facing attrition as 33 pilots have left the airline this year.

Some of them deserted the national carrier and joined other airlines without even tendering their resignations, notwithstanding the strict rules on bond liabilities.

From January to October this year, 14 pilots have left from the Delhi range of Air India, eight from Chennai, six from Mumbai and five from the Kolkata range.

Between September and October, 11 pilots have called it quits. Most of the pilots who have either resigned or are seeking retirement are those who fly A-320, B-787 and A-330 aircraft. Air India is already facing a shortage of pilots, which the airline has mentioned in a recent communique to the directorate general of civil aviation. “All pilots who are leaving have to serve a notice period. If anyone leaves before notice period, action will be taken,” Air India executive director, public relations, Anil Mehta told dna.


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