New Delhi: The Jet Airways, which is facing a severe cash-crunch, has apologised to its employees for the delay in their September salary. Issuing a statement, it said, “We would like to apologise for the delayed payment of your salaries and appreciate your patience in this matter. We would like to inform you that we’ve met with Pilots’ Representatives and are working towards a solution which will be communicated in the coming week.”
However, Jet Airways has failed to give any firm date for payment of September salary to its senior management, pilots and engineers, a source said.
On September 6, after it defaulted on payment of August salary, the airline had informed that the salary of these three categories of staffers would be paid in two tranches – on 11th and 26th of the month – till November. Therefore, the August salary was to be paid on September 11 and September 26 while September salary on October 11 and October 26, and so on.
Though it paid the first tranche of 50 per cent of August salary on September 11, it paid the remaining 50 per cent in two instalments – on September 26 and October 9.
Now, the airline is yet to pay the first instalment of the September salary three days after the designated date, the source said.
The Mumbai-based full-service airline, partially owned by UAE national carrier Etihad Airways, has been facing financial problems for quite some now.
The Naresh Goyal-controlled airline is struggling to mop up funds to meet its payment obligations, including salaries to its over 16,000-strong workforce.
Meanwhile, a group of Jet Airways pilots has expressed unhappiness with some of their leaders in the union, National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), accusing them of not doing enough to force the management pay salary dues.
“Some of the NAG leaders are not doing enough, not taking enough steps to deal with the situation and force the management to pay our pending salary dues,” said a pilot.
A query sent to NAG vice president Asim Valiani on the issue remained unanswered.
(With PTI inputs)