While Air India cancelled six flights, Kingfisher Airlines cancelled services mainly in the north Indian sectors. Due to the ongoing strikes of pilots holiday plans of thousands of passengers from across the country have been ruined following the cancellation of flights.
The flights cancelled by Air India include Seoul-Hongkong-New Delhi, New Delhi-Toronto, Mumbai-Newark, Mumbai-London and AI Express’s Mumbai-Mangalore and Mangalore-Mumbai. The KFA services cancelling ruin the holiday plans of travellers going to the cool climes of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), while accusing Air India management of backtracking on its commitments, have sought Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh’s intervention and appealed him to “open negotiation channels” to resolve the crises.
The pilots of the cash-strapped KFA, who have been demanding salaries on time, claim that the airline management went back on its commitment of paying up from May 9, and hence they resorted to the agitation.