Jet Airways pilots stage protest demanding unpaid salaries in Mumbai

Naresh Goyal puts in bid to buy stake in Jet Airways

Naresh Goyal puts in bid to buy stake in Jet Airways

"It has come to our notice that there is a critical meeting planned on Monday morning with the airline management and SBI".

Earlier in the day, the Guild, which has around 1,100 pilots as its members, chose to stop flying from April 15 in protest against non-payment of salaries since March.

The employees also demanded to know the future course of action to revive the debt-ridden airline.

Jet has "suspended" all flights to South and Southeast Asian nations as well as services from Chennai to Paris and Toronto, it said in a statement.

Spicejet is now hiring engineers and pilots at much lower pay than their current salaries at the financialy-troubled Jet.

Around the same time, the company announced it was low on working capital.

A meeting is underway between the airline management and the lenders, and a decision on the fund infusion is likely to take place today.

Passengers have been left stranded and on Friday airline staff protested at Mumbai's airport.

Earlier in the day, the airline's pilots, engineers and cabin crew members held a demonstration at the airline's headquarters in Mumbai.

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According to officials aware of discussions, the meeting was called after civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu asked secretary of the department Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways, news agency PTI reported.

The trade union also requested SBI, which has been the biggest lender to Jet, to infuse an emergency fund of Rs 1500 crore to help the company stay afloat.

An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, the communication added.

The NAG, which claims representation of around 1,100 pilots of the total 1,600 with the full service carrier, had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries.

Currently, Jet Airways is operating only 6-7 planes, dozens of others were seized by creditors in recent weeks.

It has also closed reservations for its Mumbai-London, Mumbai-Amsterdam-Mumbai and Bangalore-Amsterdam flights, up to April 18, according to the information.

Jet Airways confirmed stopping of bookings for these flights, saying the move was aimed at re-accommodating passengers because of interim cancellations.

Among other contenders, the founding chairman Naresh Goyal also joined the race on Friday by submitting an Expression of interest (EoI) for buying a stake in Jet Airways minutes before the deadline. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had convened an urgent meeting on Friday to discuss the crisis after the airline could operate only 11 aircraft, leaving passengers stranded at various domestic and worldwide airports.

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