विस्तारा: पायलटों के विरोध के बीच शीर्ष भारतीय एयरलाइन उड़ानें कम करेगी

विस्तारा: पायलटों के विरोध के बीच शीर्ष भारतीय एयरलाइन उड़ानें कम करेगी

Vistara: Top India airline to reduce flights amid protests by pilots

Indian airline Vistara faces disruptions with 150+ cancellations and 200+ delays due to pilot sick leave protest over merger changes.

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  • 04, Apr, 2024
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Vistara: Top India airline to reduce flights amid protests by pilots

Vistara, one of India's major airlines, is facing a significant challenge this month as it deals with a wave of flight cancellations and delays. Since 31 March, the airline has experienced nearly 150 flight cancellations and 200 flight delays, leading to widespread disruptions for travellers. The primary cause of this disruption appears to be a mass sick leave taken by pilots in protest against changes implemented following the airline's merger with Air India. The pilots are reportedly unhappy with the new pay structure, work hours, and rostering practices introduced as part of the merger process. They have also expressed concerns about their career prospects after the merger is completed next year.

Vistara has acknowledged the challenges and is taking steps to address them. The airline has stated that it is working to create a better work-life balance for its pilots and is looking into modifying the roster to achieve this. Vistara's CEO, Vinod Kannan, has apologized to the pilots for the taxing schedules and has sought their support in resolving their concerns. In response to the disruptions, Vistara has announced that it will be scaling back its operations temporarily. The airline is offering refunds to customers affected by the cancelled flights and has indicated that flight cancellations will continue until the end of the month to create a pilot buffer. The situation at Vistara is occurring in the context of the Tata Group's efforts to consolidate its airline business following its acquisition of Air India in 2021.

The Tata Group, which holds the majority stake in Vistara, is in the process of merging its various airline entities. Vistara, a joint venture between the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, is expected to invest $250 million for a 25.1% stake in the combined entity once the merger is complete. Despite the challenges, Vistara has stated that there has been no significant rise in pilots reporting sick and has attributed the delay in flights in March to various factors such as bird hits, planned maintenance, weather disruptions, and congestion. Overall, the situation at Vistara highlights the complex challenges that airlines face in managing their operations, especially during periods of transition such as mergers. It also underscores the importance of addressing pilots' concerns to ensure the smooth functioning of airline operations and the safety and well-being of both passengers and crew.

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