Jet operations limp back to normal after pilots end stir


Mumbai : There were smiles all around as Jet Airways’ five-day long crisis ended with the management deciding to re-instate four sacked pilots and not initiate any action against those who agitated last week, a top official announced here Sunday.

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The airlines Executive Director Saroj Dutta told mediapersons that these were the highlights of an agreement signed between the management and pilots’ representatives late Saturday night.

“It’s an amicable settlement and all pilots would report for duty immediately,” Dutta said.

The company would also not pursue a pending contempt petition before the Bombay High Court, which was slated to come up for hearing Monday, he added.

Following an end to the five-day long pilots’ stir, Jet Airways limped back to normal operations. It has plans to operate as many at 37 flights, including two on the international sector, Sunday.

The operations are expected to completely normalize by the evening when the rostering of duties for the pilots is done and the airline would announce resumption of more services.

Until then, the airline has announced cancellation of 15 international and 137 domestic flights across its network.

Two international services – Mumbai-Dubai and return – would be operated as combined services to accommodate the maximum number of passengers.

On the domestic sector, flights would be operated on the Mumbai-Delhi, Vadodara-Mumbai, Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Bengaluru, Mumbai-Mangalore (including return), Mumbai-Hyerababad (return), Mumbai-Chennai, Ahmedabad-Delhi, Delhi-Lucknow (return), Delhi-Vadodara (return), Madurai-Chennai, Chennai-Coimbatore, and Chennai-Bengaluru (return) routes.