Jet Pilots Ask PM To Save 20,000 Jobs, Appeals SBI To Release Funds
Jet Airways pilots’ body, the National Aviator's Guild, on Monday appealed the State Bank of India (SBI) to release Rs 1,500 crore, which was proposed to be infused in the ailing carrier as part of a debt-restructuring plan last month. They also appeal Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save 20,000 jobs at the airline on Monday.
The airline is operating just 6-7 planes, with almost its entire fleet being grounded due to non-payment of rentals to lessors amid severe paucity of cash. The airline's pilots, engineers and cabin crew members assembled at the headquarters to show their solidarity.
The airline's pilots along with engineers and senior staff were last paid for December 2018. This apart, the airline has also defaulted on the March salary of other categories of employees as well.
The Monday meeting with lenders is reportedly expected to take a final decision on the quantum of funds to be infused immediately to avert a possible shut down.
A meeting between the airline management and its major lender SBI last on Friday could not take a decision on the fund infusion issue.