Alliance Air Pilots’ Strike!

A flare of pilots of the Alliance Air airline went over a flash strike for salary issues on 2nd September as their promises of 25% retainers were not maintained by the company. As per sources, the strike started from the Delhi base and extended to Pan India which led to the cancellation of evening flights. Comments sought from Alliance Air suggest that the regional turboprop subsidiary of erstwhile Air India and the government-owned fixed-wing airline. The government is soon expected to divest this airline, Tata and Indigo being the biggest contender for the airline which does not have a turboprop-powered regional arm.

Alliance air presently has a fleet of 19 turboprops with 18 ATRs and a made-in-India Dornier HAL and operates in 115 departures daily on a network of 50 domestic destinations in the North and Northeast. The airline with 800 employees is predicted to induct two more ATRs by September and another HAL-made Dornier. The regional carrier also has plans to fly to international routes- Chennai-Jaffna depending on the situation in Sri Lanka.

As per reports, the struggling-to-survive airline SpiceJet has deferred the August pay of the pilots. The airline will be receiving an ECLGS- Emergency credit line guarantee scheme of Rs.225 crore for clearing its statutory dues. It was introduced by the government as the Covid-19 financial relief package for the stressed. As per reports, the airline will soon start raising its funds while adding a new Boeing 737 Max that will help the airline to raise its finances.

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