Air India Strike Enters Fourth Day, 26 Flights Cancelled

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) At least 26 flights of Air India were cancelled Tuesday morning with the standoff between the management and striking pilots entering the fourth day, causing severe inconvenience to passengers.

The airline has also suspended booking tickets for the next 15 days.

"We have deployed additional staff at airports across the country and will ensure that passengers are shifted to flights operated by other airlines," a senior official of the carrier said Tuesday.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has urged the civil aviation ministry to ensure speedy resolution of the crisis in the cash-strapped national carrier, even as the possibility of a lockout, as threatened by the airline management, has been denied.

"We do not want the airlines to be hijacked by pilots like the way Jet was - which had led to a lot of passenger discomfort," a source in the PMO said late Monday. "The civil aviation minister (Praful Patel) has also been asked to ensure a speedy resolution."

Civil Aviation Secretary N.M. Nambiar has also called a meeting with the management of all airlines here at 11 a.m. to not just to resolve the Air India strike but to also see how such agitations can be avoided in the future, sources at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan said.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation also issued a stern warning to other airlines not to arbitrarily hike fares, after complaints by passengers. "We ae doing all that is possible to ensure passengers are not harassed," said a senior official.

Meanwhile, Captain V.K. Bhalla, who represents the senior executive pilots of Air India, said the strike had been "thrust upon the pilots". He charged the Air India chairman and managing director Arvind Jadhav of "trying to sabotage the airline" since May.

Air India management said it was open for further negotiations, after talks with the pilots ended inconclusively Monday, and that a decision on thorny issues like pilots' incentives would be taken shortly.


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  • Joe, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Sep 29 2009

    Over the years ever since nationalisation of Air India, the Airline has been notorious in taking the poor passengers for ransom either by providing pathetic service or by perenial labour Union strikes. Over the years AI has eaten up Crores of Rupees of Tax Payers money without any return to the Government or to the public, which could have been better utilized for national development. With over Rs.16,500 crores of accumulated losses under its balance sheet, it is high time the Government/Civi Aviation Ministry takes the decision to shut this one of the most inefficient govt undertaking and sell the assets to private business group to manage.

    AI staff then only will realize what is called passenger service and care needs to be offered by an airline of international standing. Currently AI has been taken forgranted by most of its lazy & inefficent staff with NO accountability at all.

    Learn from Bombay Dabbawals what is customer care and efficiency is meant to be and also the national Airline of our nighbouring Srilanka which was once on the verge of bankruptcy and how it emerged as one of the best airline in the region on privatisation and partnership with Emirates Airlines. How long the passengers flying by AI needs to tolerate this nonsence. Is there some one up there to kick start on AI Labour Unions and get things work for Indian public.!!!

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