Government concerned over Jet Airways strike causing public inconvenience

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New Delhi, Sep 8 (ANI): The Government on Tuesday expressed its concern at the inconvenience being caused to passengers by the cancellation of Jet Airways flights, as a large chunk of pilots failed to report for work in protest against the sacking of two of their colleagues.

Home Secretary, G.K. Pillai, taking into account the provisions of the relevant Civil Aviation Regulations laying down conditions of public interest, has written to the Chief Secretaries of all States to review the situation in their States with regard to the 'Wildcat' strike by Jet Airways pilots, leading to disruption of flights.

State Chief Secretaries have been asked their respective Home Secretaries and Labour Secretaries to see whether there is a necessity to invoke provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to ensure a restoration of services so that the general public are not put to inconvenience.

At present, reportedly, 145 Captains and 154 Co-pilots of Jet Airways have reported sick, as a consequence of which, a total of 119 flights have been cancelled - four international flights and 115 domestic flights.

As per Civil Aviation Requirements, any act on the part of pilots which may results in last minute cancellation of flights and harassment to passengers, 'would be treated as an act against the public interest'.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jet Airways, Naresh Goyal, has met Civil Aviation Secretary, M. Madhavan Nambiar and the Director General Civil Aviation, N. Zaidi and briefed them on the issue. he Ministry has directed the management to set up control offices at their headquarters, bases and airports.

Jet Airways has been asked to ensure that their passengers are accommodated in other airlines depending on the availability of seats. They have also been directed to put in place a full refund mechanism without any deduction - on passenger request.

They have also been asked to adopt a method of combination/re-scheduling of flights for smooth transfer of passengers. The Ministry has directed the management to ensure full facilitation of passengers and their amenities. Jet Airways has been asked to minimize inconvenience caused to the traveling public. (ANI)

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