Air India pilots end strike
Air India pilots have ended their 58-day strike.
The damaging industrial action, which is believed to have cost the national carrier more than US$100 million, ended yesterday after the Delhi High Court asked pilots to return to duty within 48 hours, and promised to consider their grievances. This includes an airline pledge to reinstate the 101 pilots who had been sacked for failing to report for duty.
“We sincerely hope that all AI management and the Civil Aviation Ministry will be as sincere on their part. On this understanding, we are commencing the process of restoring normalcy of operations,” said EA Kapadia, General Secretary of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG).
The pilots had been striking due to Air India’s decision to give Boeing 787 Dreamliner training to pilots of the former Indian Airlines.