Air India Pilots set-aside issues, offer to help flood-hit Kerala State

New Delhi: Once a beautiful state full of greenery is now in a devastated condition due to floods and with help pouring in from other states, the Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) on Saturday have expressed to volunteer to fly planes to the flood-hit state.

The association, on Saturday, has written a letter to the PM expressing their willingness to fly planes to Kerala on a “voluntary basis” in order to help the the state‚Äôs people, PTI reported.

“We are willing to fly the planes without payment on a voluntary basis to the cause of these operations. We consider this a unique privilege that we can use to assist in such operations,” the association had written in their letter adressed to the PM.

“We have full faith that Sir you will surely turn your attention to the plight of Air India and Air Indians once calm is restored,” the letter said.

“ICPA pilots on the Airbus 320 and Boeing 787 in Air India are ready and committed to the cause of Operation Madad and Operation Sahyog. We will support the government and the PMO in the endeavour to help our fellow citizens in Kerala,” the letter added.

In the past, Air India had always come forward to help evacuating Indians from warzones like Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon or Yemen and this time, “We are ready for any help as pilots on a voluntary basis for Kerala, like we have always done in the past,” said the General Secretary of the association T Praveen Keerthi said.