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To curb a surplus of pilots, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has confirmed they will stop offering re-employment to pilots beyond age 62.
Despite a number of measures SIA has taken, the surplus is forecast to remain through the 2015/16 financial year.
Some of the measures taken include voluntary no-pay leave (VNPL) since March 2012 for first officers and since December 2012 for Captains; voluntary crossovers to subsidiaries SilkAir and Scoot since December 2012, as well as VNPL crossovers to Scoot for first officers in 2014, an SIA spokesperson said.
With no other options, SIA said it regretfully made a decision and “are no longer able to offer re-employment to captains beyond age 62.”
Existing re-employment contracts will also be terminated on 31 March 2015.
SIA’s pilot retirement age is 62 and previously, re-employment had been offered to captains up to the age of 64 via one-year contracts. First officers beyond age 62 have not been offered re-employment contracts since January 2013.
SIA has informed the Airline Pilot Association of Singapore (ALPA-S) as well as affected pilots about their decision and will aid unemployed pilots in finding alternative employment where possible.
The move has caught ALPA-S and the pilots off guard and some pilots have already approached the Ministry of Manpower(MOM) on this issue.
SIA’s spokesperson said: “We have been contacted by the Ministry of Manpower, and will be working closely with them on this matter”.