Air India pilots' strike affects flights

1 May 2011

Several Air India flights have been cancelled or rescheduled due to industrial action taken by the carrier’s pilots since April 27. 

According to Air India’s website, the strikes have mainly affected domestic routes and a few international routes, particularly flights to and from Mumbai or Delhi – the subcontinent’s two major air hubs and the epicentre of the disputes. 

New bookings for both domestic and regional international flights will not be accepted between now and May 4. “Fresh bookings will only start on May 4,” an Air India spokesperson told local Indian media. Furthermore, all refund or rebooking fees for disrupted flights between April 27 and May 3 will be waived.

More than 600 of the carrier’s pilots went on strike over pay raises, affecting more than 300 flights over the last four days. According to an official statement by the carrier, the strikes have resulted in an accumulated loss of approximately INR260 million (US$5.8million).

For rescheduled flight timings and more information, visit

Alisha Haridasani

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