Sunday, 1 May 2011

Air India cancels flights as pilots strike for pay | ajc.com

 

Air India pilots demanding more pay are on strike for a fifth day in defiance of a court order to return to work and spare the airline from further losses.

 

Passenger jets from Air India, India's national carrier, that were meant to be flying international routes sit idle at gates, at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, Friday, April 29, 2011. The strike by one of the carriers pilots' union entered the third day leading to cancellation of dozens of flights including several international ones, according to local news reports. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

The strike has forced India's national carrier to stop taking new bookings and to cancel all but 40 of its scheduled 165 flights Sunday. It has forced after similar cancelations each day since the strike started Wednesday.

The airline is also coping by hiring chartered flights for some routes. It says the action is now costing around 12 million rupees ($2.67 million) a day.

The Delhi High Court had ordered the 800 striking pilots last week to call off their "brazen" strike. It launched contempt of court proceedings Saturday when the pilots refused to go back to work.

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