New Delhi, Sep 29: The Air India executive pilots continued their agitation for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, Sep 29. The airline cancelled over 20 flights and suspended bookings for the next 15 days.
"About 10 domestic flights to Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Guwahati, Mumbai and other west-bound destinations were cancelled besides five flights to Kabul, Kathmandu, New York, London and Chicago. The flights have been cancelled after the pilots of these flights reported sick," an airline official said.
Talks between the management and the striking executive pilots on Monday, Sep 29 failed to break the deadlock over the issue of cut in perks.
"We have stopped fresh booking for the next 15 days so that we can assess the passenger load and restore normalcy of lights by preparing a fresh roster after derostering the sick pilots," the official said.
The senior pilots of the cash-strapped national carrier have been reporting "sick " for their duties, since Saturday, Sep 26, in protest against the management's decision to cut their perks and also full payment of the due allowances.