Air India extends contingency plan
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With the ongoing pilot strike, Air India management has extended its contingency plan for the fourth time till 31 July 2012. Under the interim schedule, Air India would operate 38 international flights per day instead of 45 that it operates under normal conditions. The airline curtailed its operations to Europe and North America, while it operated on schedule to UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Singapore, Thailand and SAARC countries.
Furthermore, the airline is planning to begin its Jeddah and Tokyo flights starting next month. “Presently, some of our aircraft are engaged with the Prime Minister’s foreign visit. We will soon begin our Jeddah operations once they are available,” an Air India official told the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Earlier this week, Rohit Nandan, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India said that the national carrier was also making some substantial savings. “It was not possible to calculate the savings now, as we have to fulfill our commitments to our vendors on quarterly or half-yearly basis. At least we are making savings on some of the flights like Delhi-Toronto, on which we were losing INR300 crore annually,” Nandan had said.
Air India pilots went on strike on 7 May 2012 disrupting its daily international flight operations.