Pilots still on strike, over 95 Air India flights cancelled

April 29th, 2011 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 29 (ANI): With the Air India pilots’ strike entering its third day on Friday; over ninety-five flights have been cancelled while several others were delayed.

Only 12 out of 56 flights will operate out of Mumbai today and 15 out of 66 flights will operate out of Delhi.

The management of the airline said on Thursday it will not surrender to the pilots’ pressure and added that no domestic flight bookings will be accepted till May 3.

Meanwhile, taking a tough stand against the striking pilots, Civil Aviation Minister Vyalar Ravi has said they cannot dictate terms to the government and ruled out any negotiations on their pay parity demand.

Ravi asserted that the government has asked Air India to take firm action against the pilots’ as their decision to go on strike is irresponsible.

The government would support every action taken by the Air India management to control the situation, he added.

Earlier, the Air India management had sacked seven pilots belonging to the Commercial Pilots Association.

Among those whose services have been terminated are ICPA President Captain Ashim Bhinder and General Secretary Captain Rishabh Kapoor.

The management also derecognised the ICPA and sealed its offices in Delhi and Mumbai.

The ICPA has about 700 members who use to work for Indian Airlines till it was merged with Air India in 2007.

The ICPA claims that while Air India pilots enjoy a huge fixed salary component, the same is almost minuscule for former IA pilots in 2007.

The association claims that while their entire pay package depends on the hours they fly every day, the airline has been curtailing the number of flights by 30 to 40 percent. (ANI)

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