- Jet Airways pilots give airline management two weeks to clear salaries
- Banks have temporarily taken a majority stake in Jet Airways
- National Aviators Guild defers plans of strike until April 14
The pilots' union of the cash-strapped Jet Airways said on Sunday it will give the carrier's new management two weeks to clear unpaid salaries, deferring its plan to take strike action.
Jet Airways has delayed payments to pilots, suppliers and lessors for months and defaulted on loans after racking up more than $1 billion in debt. The airline was bailed out on Monday by state-run banks, which have temporarily taken a majority stake in the company and given it a new loan of $218 million.
The National Aviators Guild, the union of Jet pilots, had planned to go on strike from April 1 because of non-payment of salaries.
The pilots' union has decided to give Jet Airways' new interim management until April 14 to clear salary dues "in conjunction with interim funding", and deferred the plans of a strike until then, the National Aviators Guild said in a statement to its members, which was seen by news agency Reuters.
Once India's leading full service carrier, Jet Airways struggled to compete with low-cost carriers in recent years.
In the past few weeks, its chairman stepped down from the airline's board and lenders stepped in to rescue the airline from the brink of bankruptcy.