AI strike enters day 7 14 flights cancelled

By: admin
Updated: 13 May 2012 09:49 PM

The strike by Air India pilots entered the seventh day on
Monday, forcing the national carrier to cancel as many as fourteen of its
international flights that caused inconvenience to hundreds of passengers.

"As the pilots are not ready to call-off their strike and join work, we
have cancelled 14 international flights from Delhi and Mumbai," an Air
India official said.

The pilots, who are on strike since Tuesday, are not ready to relent from
their stand until their demands are met. They have also refused to accept
civil aviation minister Ajit Singh's call to come to the dialogue table
after withdrawing their strike.

The carrier had to cancel as many as 20 international flights on Sunday.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded following the flight cancellations.
They had alleged on Sunday that they had not been given the refund by the
airline against their booked tickets after the cancellation of the

The crisis further worsened on Sunday with airline's executive pilots
coming out in support of striking pilots, asking the management to revoke
the sack orders and hold immediate negotiations to end the impasse.

The striking pilots while stating that they were ready for talks showed no
signs of returning to work, leaving passengers fretting with holiday
schedules going haywire.