Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu Tuesday asked his Ministry Secretary to hold an emergency meeting on the grounding of flights by Jet Airways, and advance bookings, cancellation, refunds and safety issues. In a tweet, Mr Prabhu said he asked the Secretary to get a report on Jet compliance issues immediately from Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Our correspondent reports that the cash-starved Jet Airways has alleged that non-payment of salaries had adversely affected its members’ psychological condition, which puts the safety of the airline’s flight operations at risk.
In a communication to the DGCA, the Jet Airways Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Association sought the aviation regulator’s intervention in recovering the dues.
It said the management’s failure to keep its commitment of clearing their salary by March had shaken their faith in the company.