Air India strike enters 7th day,14 international flights cancelled

Pilots are not ready to relent from their stand until their demands are met.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: May 14, 2012 10:12:22 am

The strike by Air India pilots entered the seventh day on Monday,forcing the national carrier to cancel as many as 14 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 yesterday cancel as many as 20 international flights.

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

The crisis further worsened yesterday 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.

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh stressed that the government was ready to discuss with pilots their grievances and problems.

“Whatever issues they have raised for this strike have already been resolved or not possible to do anything. The court order,therefore,this strike is meaningless now,” he said.

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