Air India flexes muscle, sacks 10 striking pilots


Air India
New Delhi, May 8: The Air India management has sacked 10 pilots from its service after they failed to report for duty on Monday night citing health concerns following which many flights were cancelled.

The Air India management on Tuesday warned its striking pilots to come back to work or face consequences.

"Striking pilots must return to work by 6 pm today or face action," said the management.

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh also termed the Air India pilots' strike "illegal" after at least 100 Air India pilots called in sick.

"A strike needs a notice in advance. The Air India pilots have called in sick. Such kind of a strike is illegal," said Singh.

"This is not appropriate. Every section has grievances, they should have some patience," he said.

The strike by the pilots is in a bid to show their protest against the decision to send domestic sector pilots for training on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Four international flights have been affected by the strike. The cancelled flights include flights from Mumbai to New Jersey, New Delhi to Chicago, New Delhi to Hong Kong and New Delhi to Toronto.

OneIndia News

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