New Delhi, April 23: Low Cost Carrier GoAir is passing through turbulent phase as at least 35 pilots have quit, a week after its CEO Giorgio De Roni resigned, apparently on 'health ground', after four years.
According to TOI report, Wadia-Group owned budget carrier GoAir has a total strength of 200 pilots in the 19-Airbus A320 planes.
The reason behind mass resignation of pilots is said to be that pilots were not getting adequate flying hours and there were training issues.
At present, GoAir MD Jeh Wadia and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Tim Jordan are running the airline.
Mumbai-based GoAir that started its operation in 2005, operates across 22 destinations in the country with over 900 flights a week with a fleet of 19 Airbus A320s. However, it does not fly abroad.
As per a report published in Business Standard, the pilots who recently resigned are joining Indigo and Vistara.
In January, the airlines reportedly cancelled all leaves of pilots except sick leaves.
In January this year, Airports Authority of India (AAI) had asked no-frill carrier GoAir to pay its dues worth about Rs 38 crore within a week. [AAI asks GoAir to pay about Rs 38 crore dues within a week]
Due to AAI pressure last year, GoAir had doubled the collateral amount or bank guarantee from about Rs 15 crore to Rs 30.5 crore.