Jet Airways pilots urge PM to save 20000 jobs

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Mumbai: Jet Airways pilot under the banner of the National Aviator’s Guild have appealed to SBI for funds and urged the Prime Minister to save 20000 jobs.

The pilots body has urged the SBI to release Rs 1,500 crore to help save the ailing carrier as part of a debt-restructuring plan last month.

The airline is presently operating with just 6-7 planes. Its entire fleet has been grounded due to non-payment of rentals to lessors amid severe paucity of cash.

National Aviator’s Guild ( NAG) vice president Adim Valiani told reporters here on Monday: “We would like to appeal SBI to release Rs 1,500 crore funds for the airline to help it continue operations. We also appeal Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save 20000 odd jobs at the airline.”

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 SBI-led consortium of lenders had taken management control of the airline last month.

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