Aviation regulators in eastern China have told airlines not to let pilots quit or change jobs before the end of the Beijing Olympics.
State-backed carriers such as China Eastern Airlines face a worsening shortage of pilots due to a boom in air travel and poaching by private-sector airlines that offer higher wages.
The source said, ‘The CAAC summoned all Shanghai-based carriers well before the Olympics and asked them to rein in their pilots and ensure air traffic safety during the Olympics.
‘No job movement by pilots will be allowed before the end of the Games and no courts in Shanghai will rule on pilot-related issues.’
A CAAC spokesman in Beijing said he had no direct knowledge of the matter.
Pilots in China typically enter into lifetime employment contracts with airlines and require approval to resign from their jobs, often paying hefty compensation to cover training costs.