12 Air India Flights Cancelled as Pilots Continue Strike

Mumbai, Sep 27 (IANS) Twelve Air India flights, including seven on international routes, were cancelled Sunday as striking pilots continued their agitation for the second consecutive day.

"The international flights from Delhi to Bangkok, Singapore and Kathmandu were cancelled as a few pilots who were put on duty did not report for work," a senior Air India official told IANS.

The official said the pilots are expected to hold talks with the management at the Air India office in Mumbai Sunday.

Around 400 pilots threatened to go on mass sick leave to protest the airline's decision to cut their incentives. They rejected the management's offer for talks Saturday and said they will stick to their agitation plan.

Senior executives as well as other pilots have decided not to take part in the negotiations with the management Sunday, a pilot said.

"We all are going on mass leave. Pilots will not report for duty for coming days," Captain V.K. Bhalla, who leads the agitating pilots, had told IANS Saturday.

He also said the pilots would not take part in any talks with the management unless it revoked the decision to cut productivity linked incentives (PLI).

"One thing is for sure. No one is going to take part in the talks unless they assure us on revoking our PLI," Bhalla said.

Eleven flights were cancelled Saturday as several pilots failed to report for duty.

The beleaguered carrier had Wednesday decided to cut the productivity linked incentives of employees by 25 to 50 percent as part of its cost cutting measures.


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