September 22, 2023: Akasa Air is publishing this press release to clarify certain facts and proceedings in relation to the writ petition filed before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi which in our opinion have been incorrectly interpreted and depicted in the last few days.
At the outset, we would like to clarify the reasons compelling the petition to be filed by Akasa Air before the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi.
- A small set of pilots abandoned their duties and left the organisation without serving their mandatory contractual notice period, therefore forcing a disruption of flights between July and September 2023. This necessitated last-minute cancellations that stranded customers and caused inconvenience to the travelling public
- In the interest of passenger convenience, and an attempt to stop this unethical and illegal practice by these set of pilots, Akasa Air has sought relief from the Delhi High Court
We want to clarify that it is not a matter against the DGCA or the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) but a plea to the courts to urgently interpret and clarify the interim order issued by the very same court on the very same matter in 2018, relating to mandatory notice period requirements by the pilots.
Since the beginning of the proceedings, our assertion in court has been that this is a “non-adversarial” claim and is only in the nature of seeking clarifications and instructions to enforce an existing interim order and the Civil Aviation Regulation.
With the many positive steps being taken by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to make India’s civil aviation industry profitable, stable, safer, growth oriented and progressive, it is extremely disheartening to see this distorted and incorrectly depicted version of occurrences being presented.
Akasa has been a direct beneficiary of the DGCA and MoCA’s transparent and progressive policies and regulations, and we continue to remain deeply obliged and grateful for their unwavering guidance and support.