New Delhi, May 26: The strike by Air Inida continues on May 26 and Air India has cancelled 76 domestic and international flights scheduled on the network. A section of Air India staff, containing more than 20,000 employees, go on strike as a protest against the management's gag order.
"We have cancelled a total of 76 flights scheduled to be operated on domestic as well as international sectors including 24 flights from Delhi, 37 from Mumbai, 6 from Kolkata, 7 from Chennai and 2 from Bangalore on May 26," informed an official from AI.
The striking staff includes engineers and cabin crew. Airline has decided to cancel the flights after analysing the situation of the availability of executive engineers. Flights cannot be operated till they get the approval from aircraft engineers. Air India decided to cancel the flights as the number of engineers on duty will be less on May 26.
The flights cancelled from Delhi on May 26 include: IC 134 to Mumbai via Bhopal-Indore, IC 409 and IC 415 to Patna, IC 411 and IC 811 to Lucknow, IC 413 and IC 813 to Kathmandu, IC 445 to Ludhiana, IC 471 to Mumbai via Jodhpur-Udaipur.
AI 480 to Singapore, AI 638 to Amritsar, AI 747 and IC 895 to Dubai, IC 817 and IC 861 to Ahmedabad, IC 821 to Jammu-Srinagar, AI 841 to Abu Dhabi, IC 849 to Pune, AI 853 to Bangkok, IC 864 to Chandigarh, IC 869 to Raipur-Nagpur, IC 885 to Muscut, IC 889 to Guawahati-Imphal and IC 896 to Jaipur.
From Mumbai three flights to Ahmedabad; six to Delhi, four to Chennai, two each to Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Muscut
and Cochin, and one each to Bangkok, Dubai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Kozhikode, Aurangabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Jaipur, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Udaipur and Jodhpur are cancelled.
Six flights from Kolkata to Agartala, Bagdogra, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Imphal and Port Blair, while seven flights from Chennai to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Bhubaneshwar, Bangalore-Cochin, Bangalore-Trivandrum and two flights from Bangalore to Mumbai and Mali in Maldives are the other flights cancelled.
Management has threatened stern action including termination of service if the strike continued.