Pilots strike: Air India closes domestic counter for 5 days

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on May 01, 2011 Published on April 28, 2011

AI strike

With a large number of pilots on strike, Air India will not take new booking for domestic flights for the next five days.

Briefing newspersons, the airline spokesman said the strike was resulting in a revenue loss of about Rs 4 crore a day. The pilots have been on strike since midnight Tuesday demanding pay parity.

On Thursday, the airline was able to operate about 270 flights against the usual 320 flights a day. The strike has seen operations to several cities being curtailed. “If we were operating, say, 14 flights a day between Delhi and Mumbai, we may operate only 10. We have also pressed a Boeing 747 aircraft into service to operate between Delhi and Mumbai,” the spokesman said.

A Boeing 747 can carry 423 passengers. On this sector, the airline normally operates an Airbus A-320 family aircraft that can carry between 120 and 172 passengers.

Mr Vipin Sharma, Executive Director (Engineering), said that Air India Express had also operated about eight flights to carry passengers affected by the strike. Air India Express, the airline's low-cost arm, mostly operates to countries in the Gulf and Far East.

“The number of cities covered will be much more as some flights operated between more than two cities,” he said.

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Published on April 28, 2011
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