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A pilot of Nok Air airline was sacked and two other pilots were suspended from work for a week following a protest by a group of pilots on Sunday which forced the airline to cancel nine domestic flights resulting to passengers being stranded at Don Meuang international airport.
The company held a meeting on Monday to discuss the pilots’ protest on Sunday and decided to terminate the employment of Mr Sanit Kongpetch, a pilot and manager of the pilot’s standard division, without any financial compensation after faulting him of committing serious offence against the company.
Two pilots were suspended from work for one week from Monday until February 22 and seven other pilots, including those in management level, have been placed under investigation.
Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry ordered Nok Air to report to the ministry within three days the problem which led to the cancellation of flights.
Deputy Transport Minister Omsin Chivapruek held a meeting with representatives of 13 airlines on Monday to discuss the pilots’ protest at Nok Air as a precaution against a repeat of such an incident.
Nok Air executives did not attend the meeting as they were busy dealing with their own internal problem with their pilots.