Talks between the Jet Airways management and its protesting pilots remained inconclusive after a marathon government-mediated nine-hour negotiation failed to break the deadlock even as the stir entered the fourth day affecting nearly 250 flights.
“The discussions are inconclusive. Everything is inconclusive,” Saroj Datta, executive director of Jet Airways told mediapersons after the meeting.
The talks were held in the presence of the Chief Labour Commissioner SK Mukhopadhyay in the Capital, where the pilots and the management representatives came face to face for the first time since the stir started on Tuesday.
The Jet management is willing to take back the four pilots it sacked but wants the newly-founded pilots union — the National Aviators' Guild (NAG) — to be disbanded. The pilots are against this pre-condition.
“The management has agreed to take back the pilots, but the meeting was not quite conclusive. We hope to make better progress tomorrow,” Girish Kaushik, president of the guild, said.
The reconciliation talks will resume on Saturday at the airline’s headquarters in Mumbai.
“We will not report to work unless the talks are over,” Kaushik said.
Civil Aviation Secretary M Nambiar has asked other airlines to increase their flights so that passengers have alternatives to cancelled Jet flights.
Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge raised prospects of an early end to the stir, saying he was confident of a solution and was expecting it “within 48 hours”.
Jet Airways officials said the carrier was incurring a revenue erosion of Rs 30 crore per day due to the stir.
In a letter to various airlines, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had asked the carriers to charge fares at last week's level from passengers.
Some airlines were said to be charging an average of Rs 9,000-10,000 for Mumbai-Delhi route, while some are even charging up to Rs 15,000 per seat. Typically, the fare varies from Rs 4,500-Rs 7,000.