Seven domestic flights to Kolkata, Lucknow, Srinagar, Raipur, Nagpur, Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, and six international ones to Dubai, Bangkok, Kathmandu, Singapore and Kabul were cancelled as the pilots reported sick.
“As per the contingency plan, we have cancelled flights on those sectors which have low passenger loads," an Air India official said.
The official added that passengers were informed about the cancellation to avoid cash shortage in case they opt for refund claims.
“Keeping in view the agitation by the executive (senior) pilots, we reduced our seat availability from 37,000 to 22,000 per day," said Jitendra Bhargava, Air India spokesperson.
Bhargava said that only Air India (domestic) pilots were participating in the strike.