Jet Airways passengers face disruption

10 Sep 2009 by Sara Turner

Passengers flying with Jet Airways are facing a third day of disruption, with flights cancelled and delayed due to continued labour disputes with pilots and first officers.

As Indian labour laws mean that a strike is illegal at this time, around 160 pilots and 190 first officers have called in sick, in what the airline has called a “simulated strike”.

Reports yesterday indicated that 186 flights – 154 domestic and 32 international services – have been cancelled or affected, with around 13,000 traveling passengers experiencing problems. This number is expected to rise, with no indication of when flights will return to normal. Jet commented that talks with the pilots are ongoing.

In Brussels, the inbound flights from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai are cancelled today. Yesterday the London-Delhi flight was also cancelled and the airline has yet to confirm whether this evening’s flight will be running, but Jet Airways’ Heathrow-Mumbai flights today are running normally.

The Times of India reported a Jet Airways spokesperson as saying: “Due to continued pilot agitation, disruptions are expected on the Jet Airways network and consequently, certain flights have been cancelled. On disrupted flights, guests will get full refund or they can reissue/rebook flights without any penalty.”


Report by Sara Turner

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