JAKARTA - Over 70 pilots from Garuda Indonesia - Indonesia's national flag carrier - have resigned so far this year. They say poor working conditions and low salaries are the cause, according to the head of the airline's union. Most of the pilots have accepted more lucrative packages by other regional airlines, of which some are planning expansions of their fleets.
This figure is comparable with the just more than 100 pilots that left in the 18 months before that. Garuda currently employs just short of 600 pilots for flying a fleet of 50 aircraft, mainly Boeing. The airline faces huge competition from regional and low-cost carriers. Some of them are able to afford more attractive packages for their pilots.