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Jet Airways cancels 14 flights as pilots didn’t show up for work

December 4, 2018

Indian airline Jet Airways seems to be going through a tough phase lately.

On Sunday the airline had to cancel at least 14 flights as the pilots did not report to duty. As per reports, the pilots went on mass leave and reported sick. The reason behind the absence of pilots of scheduled flights is said to be non-payment of their dues by the airline. The news about the airline's financial troubles have become very common these days.

In some cases it was also reported that the Jet Airways staff has not been paid on time as well.

Jet Airways claims that the 14 flights were cancelled due to 'unforeseen operational circumstance' and not because of non- cooperation of the pilots.

The airline has been defaulting on the salary payments since August this year and is reportedly going through some cash crunch situations. The current cancellation has again raised questions about the credibility of the airline.

The airline has been going into losses since quite some time and many senior staff members have not received salaries of October and November.

The cancellation of flight was taken up sharply by social media users.

Gopal Kavalireddi‏ @gvkredditweeted "Last wk only, when I did a poll of 'domestic airlines to travel', 9% voted for #jetairways . So, just sharing news of pilots reporting sick for non-payment of salaries, cancellation of routes etc is going on. So, until a resolution is achieved (Tata buyout) beware of using Jet!"

captainsam747‏ @captainsam747 wrote, "I think #JetAirways pilots were more responsible than their employer by refusing to fly in such a mental health condition. A live example of James Reason's system approach and how #humanerrors are expected."

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