Air India pays pending dues to pilots

Air India management paid the pending flying allowance dues to over 800 pilots


About 800 Air India pilots had threatened to go on a strike on 10 May to protest pending flying allowance. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint
About 800 Air India pilots had threatened to go on a strike on 10 May to protest pending flying allowance. Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

New Delhi:The Air India management on Friday paid the pending flying allowance dues to over 800 pilots.

The dues which accrued following the implementation of a new pay structure have been pending since January.

The total amount was not immediately available.

Indian Commercial Pilot’s Association (ICPA) which is the pilots’ association of the airlines’ narrow body (Airbus A320) fleet had said it will launch an agitation if the payments were not made.

The association had also threatened not to operate flights over the issue.

“The management on Friday paid our flying allowance dues, which it had been defaulting since January,” Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) sources said.

“We have got a written commitment from your office that the flying allowance will be paid on 5 May but looks like the management has gone back to its old feat of defaulting on commitments. This is greatly affecting our livelihood, defaulting on EMI’s and further commitments,” ICPA had said in a letter to Air India director (Finance) on Thursday.

“In lieu of the above, we will be directing our members not to undertake any flying duties till our legitimate payment towards flying allowance is made as per the ministry of civil aviation approval,” it further said.

The association, in the letter had also threatened that “it will not undertake any international flights if the international layover subsistence allowance is not paid by 10 May.”

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