The Delhi High Court is currently hearing a petition filed by the recently launched Akasa Air. Not long ago, Akasa Air announced plans to expand its international operations. In July, the airline announced plans to hire 800 new employees by the end of 2023. According to media reports, Akasa Air may have to consider closing down entirely because many of its pilots have abandoned the airline.
Akasa Air has decided to take 43 pilots to court for joining the Tata Group’s Air India Express without serving their six-month notice period. The airline is now requesting Rs 22 crore in compensation from these pilots.
The carrier has informed the Delhi High Court that it is in a crisis and may have to close its doors because 43 of its pilots left and joined Air India Express without serving their notice period.
The airline also filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, demanding that its pilots pay Rs 22 crore in compensation, claiming that the money was spent on training and strengthening its operations. Because of a pilot shortage, the airline has had to cancel many flights since August.
According to the airline, its ire is directed only at a few pilots who simply quit the airline without bothering to serve their notice period, as required by their employment contract. These pilots violated their contracts as well as civil aviation rules. The airline accuses these pilots of violating ethics and the law, as well as causing inconvenience to thousands of passengers. Akasa believes that these pilots’ behaviour is also disrespectful to the other employees who have been working hard.