Philippine carrier hits turbulence

Philippine Airlines struggles to stay afloat in the face of mass pilot resignations.

    Philippine Airlines may be forced to ground its fleet permanently if it cannot boost its pilot ranks by October.

    Twenty-five pilots resigned abruptly last month, seeking employment elsewhere.

    They say bad work conditions and worsening labour disputes led to their en-masse resignation.

    International regulations stipulate that pilots cannot fly more than 1,000 hours a year. By October, most Philippine Airlines pilots would have reached their limits.

    Marga Ortigas reports from Manila, the Philippine capital, on the 70-year-old company that was deeply affected by the global economic crisis and had to cut costs.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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