–With return of US sanctions against Iran and several European airlines leaving Iran’s market and decrease in number of customers of airlines due to increase in price of foreign currency, a lawmaker has warned against immigration of Iranian pilots to the neighboring countries. Payam Yazdanian’s report in this regard:
Reporter: In interview with the parliament’s news agency, a lawmaker warned against the immigration of Iranian pilots to Turkey, UAE, and India. He pointed out to the problems of domestic Iranian airlines in attracting customers and the price of airplane tickets, saying that the several-fold difference in the salary paid by foreign airlines with that of the domestic airline makes the pilots leave the country and work for foreign airlines. Hadi Bahari, Uromieh MP, accused the government officials of having no plans for preserving the elites including the pilots. The issue of Iranian pilots leaving the country and their attraction to foreign airlines is nothing new and in past years, Iranian medias have pointed out to the difference in the salaries of Iranian pilots (3 million tomans per month) with that of co-pilots’ in foreign airlines (10 to 12 thousand dollars per month). Nevertheless, despite all these issues, Iran Air – Iran’s official airline – didn’t create certain conditions for its own employees so that they wouldn’t launch a strike in protest against adverse work conditions and their low wages. The protest of Iran Air in March 2018 — and later the resignation of 48 pilots of Asseman Air Line following their complaint to the parliament– is just a small part of problems of Iranian pilots in Iran’s air transportation fleet. All these problems make the pilots prefer to join other Iranian pilots employed by foreign airlines so that they don’t have to close their eyes to the deficiencies in navigation equipments, and guide flights — under illegal pressures of the managers and despite warnings of meteorological organization and bad weather, like the one from Tehran to Yasuj –in which there is no guarantee for safe landing and lives of passengers.