March 12, 2015
Vivek Gupta raises concern on Air India’s apathy | Transcript
Sir, I would like to raise the issue of Air India’s apathy.
Over 1 lakh passengers of Air India have suffered due to 70% of the flights being cancelled in the month of January and February 2015.
Sir, even if they know if it is going to be delayed for three hours they do not inform us. The principal reason behind this is they are short of crew. Shortage of crew is something they have known for one and half years but no steps have been taken to recruit crew or address the issue.
Sir, 50 pilots have resigned in the past few months and another 50 pilots are serving the notice period.
Today there is news in the newspaper, in the walk in interview which was held to recruit Air India pilots not a single person turned up. The HR manager was arrested last week for recruitment scam.
Sir, there is no response coming from the Air India Management as to what they are doing to fill up these vacancies.
New planes are being bought every month. There is an aircraft VT-AXE which is lying unused and some USD 12,000 per day is the expense that is being incurred without usage.
The crew is being forced to operate aircraft in which they are not trained.
Sir, recently untrained people were sent to check spare parts condition, this is very serious. Sir, through you I would like to draw the Government’s attention on this. Spare parts training is required to operate the particular aircraft, people were not trained and yet they had gone to the aircraft and then they were trying to certify. However, there was timely intervention by the Airport Authority.
These are all are public records Sir.