NEW DELHI – Nearly a dozen flights of Air India were delayed for up to two
hours on Monday as a section of pilots continued their protest for the second
day over payment and other issues even as the airline served showcause notice
to three commanders for alleged dereliction of duty.
Seeking to resolve the issues raised by the pilots owing allegiance to
Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA), Air India is expected to hold
parleys with them tomorrow even as airline chief Ashwani Lohani warned of
“exemplary disciplinary action” against agitating employees, the Press Trust of
India (PTI) reports.
Sources said around 5-10 flights were delayed by half-an-hour to two hours
today as more than 70 pilots opted for their “weekly off” impacting services in
the domestic network.
At the same time, Air India has issued showcause notices to three pilots
for not turning up for duty on Sunday.
Air India spokesperson was not available for comments.
Earlier in the day, Lohani warned of “exemplary disciplinary action”
against employees “sabotaging” the progress of the national carrier.
In a stern message to employees, he said such acts at this juncture when
the airline is looking to achieve a turnaround are “just not acceptable” and
shall not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Recently, there have been delays/cancellations of flights due to
indiscipline by a small section of pilots. Such acts, not only result in revenue
loss but also cause inconvenience to passengers, he said.
Sources said Air India’s Director of Operations has called for a meeting
Tuesday with ICPA representatives to discuss their grievances.