Pilots in India may soon need to serve a notice of one year duration if they resign from their current job.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has planned to come out with new guidelines on resignation rules for the cockpit crew.
Aviation regulator DGCA plans to extend the mandatory job leaving notice period for commanders to one year, from the six months at present, which some private airlines have been demanding since a long time.
“It has been decided that every pilot working in an air transport undertaking shall give a notice period of at least one year in respect of commanders and six months in respect of co-pilots to the employer indicating his intention to leave the job,” the DGCA said in its draft proposal.
Various airlines, including IndiGo and Jet Airways, under the banner of Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) have been pressurising for increasing the mandatory notice period for pilots to one year from six months.
ALPA India, the Indian chapter of the International Federation of Airlines Pilots Association (IFALPA) had last year opposed the demand of domestic carriers to extend the mandatory notice period for pilots beyond six months.
In the notice period, a pilot will not refuse to undertake flight duties and the employer will not deprive pilots of legitimate rights.