Aviation

Steps being taken to stop poaching of Air India pilots: Sharma

DELHI

The government has taken steps to prevent poaching of pilots of Air India by its competitors with the national carrier facing a shortage of 180 trained pilots due to resignation and natural attrition, Rajya Sabha was informed on December 22.

“There is a shortage of approximately 180 trained pilots due to resignations/attrition in the recent past and ensuing fleet augmentation,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in reply to a questioning Rajya Sabha.

He said that as many as 173 pilots have resigned from Air India since financial year 2012-13 and the major reason identified for pilots leaving are career progression issues.

“The CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) has authorised the Civil Aviation Ministry for rationalisation of pay allowances of pilots and periodic review of pay allowances and perks of pilots based on the prevailing market standards.

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