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Gulf Air facing mass pilot resignations

Twenty resignations submitted by pilots to the company to date, according to media reports.

Gulf Air facing mass pilot resignations
TROUBLED: Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, is facing the prospect of mass resignations by its pilots, media reports claimed.

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, is facing the prospect of mass resignations by its pilots, media reports claimed on Monday.

"There are twenty resignations submitted by pilots to the company to date," MP Shaikh Abdulhalim Murad is quoted as saying in an article in Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News.

Shaikh Murad, who is chairman of the committee probing Gulf Air’s affairs, also said that a rival airline had interviewed all of Gulf Air’s 46 pilots.

He said the potential of mass resignations was a “big crime” and called for an end to the “brain drain” at the national airline.

"Gulf Air is losing its best national competencies while corrupt gangs continue to thrive on public money," he is also quoted as saying.

He also criticised contradictory reports about the possible privatisation of the airline emanating from various bodies. He further accused the government of failing to co-operate with the probe committee.

“Sixty questions addressed to Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa remain unanswered to date,” he added.

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