Mumbai, Sep 29: As talks between the Air India management and pilots showed no signs of easing, the prime minister's office (PMO) intervened to solve the crisis on Monday night, Sep 28.
PMO urged the Civil Aviation Ministry to ensure "speedy resolution" of the crisis in the cash-strapped national carrier.
PMO source said, "We do not want the airlines to be hijacked by pilots like the way Jet was, which led to a lot of passenger discomfort."
Civil Aviation Secretary NM Nambiar, in a statement on Monday night, Sep 28 denied any possibility of a lockout in Air India.
"The committee set up by Air India to look into the demands of the pilots has examined all aspects in consultation with the employees. The disruption of flights is causing immense problem to the travelling public and bringing them discomfort. This must end immediately in the interest of the public," he said.
"The Air India management has not taken any decision on PLI cut or any allowance of the unionised section of the employees. We advise the management to enter into a comprehensive dialogue with all section of the employees," he said.
"In these circumstances, the pilots and all employees must cooperate with the management for the turnaround of the airline," the statement said.