Flights cancelled as Air India pilots go on strike

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Old 27-Apr-2011
Flights cancelled as Air India pilots go on strike

Mumbai: A total of 20 flights were cancelled after around 600 Air India pilots of the erstwhile Indian Airlines went on strike to press for their various demands, official sources said on Wednesday.

Air India management on Wednesday moved swiftly to derecognise their union Indian Commercial Pilot's Association (ICPA) and declared their strike illegal.

Around eight flights from Delhi and 11 from Mumbai were cancelled Wednesday morning while several others were delayed by more than three hours after the pilots went on strike from midnight.

"We have derecognised the ICPA, the strike is illegal and they have committed contempt of court. We are likely to move the court soon," a senior officer told PTI.

To tide over the crisis, the AI management has decided to rope in 150 management pilots executive pilots to operate the flights.

The striking pilots, owing allegiance to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association of the former Indian Airlines, which merged with Air India later, have struck work demanding parity in pay with Air India pilots and other issues related to work conditions.

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