Airlines have been finding it tough to hire trained pilots as they expand their networks and flight schedules buoyed by growing number of passenger traffic.
DGCA has brought 550 airline transport pilot licences under the scanner, allotted over the last 15 months, in the first leg of the investigation.
Airfares shot up drastically, by about 200% on a few sectors, post-Diwali, forcing DGCA to issue directions on November 19, 2010.
Salaries of 40,000-odd employees will be delayed on account of rising oil dues and interest rates.
International fares are already up by 10% and in the next week, airlines are likely to increase fares by 5-8% on domestic routes.
The Air India management has set a deadline of four months to settle issues on wage parity amidst fears of a lock-out if Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) does not refrain from its move to launch strike from March 9.
“We will join Oneworld by end 2011 and with this we will try increasing our share especially in the domestic market," Kingfisher Airlines CEO said.
The government of India, which has infused a few hundred crores of rupees into financially troubled Air India, itself owes Rs 800 crore to the airline.
Etihad Airways, UAE's national airline, has sought the government's permission to extend its code-share agreement with Jet Airways to include additional routes to enhance its network capabilities.
The CAG is also understood to be looking into the handling of Air India's routes and which of these the airline has withdrawn and why.
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