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Jet pilots seek govt help to recover unpaid salaries

NEW DELHI: Cash-strapped Indian carrier Jet Airways' pilots union has for the first time sought the federal government's assist to recover pending salaries and dues from the airline after their pleas to the control have fallen on "deaf ears."

In a letter to labour minister, National Aviators Guild, which represents the vast majority of Jet's pilots, has requested that the airline right away pay their outstanding salaries and allowances till date with hobby.

"This situation is leading to extreme tension and frustration amongst our members, hardly an ideal situation for pilots in cockpit," captain Karan Arora, president of the union, mentioned within the letter dated March 6, noticed via Reuters.

Jet has delayed payments to its pilots, suppliers and lessors for months and defaulted on loans after racking up over $1 billion in debt. The airline is in talks with the rustic's primary state-backed banks for a rescue deal and emergency finances.

The pilots in August were given a staggered schedule of payments for salaries however Jet has now not saved up, the union mentioned, including the airline still owes the pilots most of the wage for December, and all of January and February.

Jet didn't right away reply to a request for remark.

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