Air India officials claim 5 pilots died of COVID-19 in May

Air India officials claim 5 pilots died of COVID-19 in May Air India planes parked at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

New Delhi: National carrier Air India lost five senior pilots in May due to COVID 19, said senior officials on Thursday. They added that due to the unavailability of vaccines the inoculation drive could only be started by May 15.

The deceased are Captain Harsh Tiwary, Captain G P S Gill, Captain Prasad Karmakar, Captain Sandeep Rana, and Captain Amitesh Prasad.

In sharp contrast, private carriers such as Vistara and AirAsia India have given at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 99 and 96 per cent of their eligible employees respectively.

After protests by a pilots’ body, Air India on May 4 had assured that it would vaccinate all its employees by the month-end.

However, the airline would later inform its employees that the drive would be delayed due to the non-availability of vaccines.

“The proposed COVID vaccination camp at GSD Complex, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on May 11 and May 13 stand canceled because government authorities have expressed inability to hold these camps due to non-availability of vaccines,” said Air India.

“Fresh dates will be notified once we get re-confirmation from government authorities,” it added.

Meanwhile, Indigo has managed to give the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 20,000 employees out of a total of 35,000.

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