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Air India flights hit by pilots’ strike

Delhi, Apr 27 (ANI): At least 20 Air India flights have been cancelled after some of Air India pilots affiliated to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), went on strike from midnight to press for their various demands.

Around eight flights from Delhi and eleven from Mumbai were cancelled this morning, while several others were delayed by over three hours.

In retaliation, the management of the airline has derecognised the ICPA, sealed its offices in Mumbai and Delhi, and declared the strike illegal.

The ICPA has about 700 members who use to work for Indian Airlines till it was merged with Air India in 2007.

The ICPA claims that while Air India pilots enjoy a huge fixed salary component, the same is almost minuscule for former IA pilots in 2007.

The association claims that while their entire pay package depends on the hours they fly every day, the airline has been curtailing the number of flights by 30 to 40 percent.

Meanwhile, domestic flights that are likely to be affected are those that fly from Mumbai and Delhi to Goa, Cochin, Thiruvananthapuram and Indore.

An Air India spokesperson in Mumbai said the flight to Singapore has been cancelled. Other international routes to Afghanistan, Nepal and the Middle East are also likely to be impacted. (ANI)