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600 Air India pilots go on strike

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) About 600 Air India pilots, who had been with the erstwhile Indian Airlines, have struck work to demand pay parity and better working conditions, an official said Wednesday. Six flights from Mumbai were cancelled, ruining the travel plans of scores of passengers.

The strike was called Tuesday midnight. Till Wednesday morning, Air India had managed to operate 10 flights from Mumbai by roping in the services of executive pilots.

However, six other flights have been cancelled due to non-availability of pilots, an official said.

The striking pilots, owing allegiance to the Indian Commercial Pilots Association of the former Indian Airlines, which merged with Air India later, have struck work demanding parity in pay with the Air India pilots and other issues related to work conditions.

A top official of the airline termed the pilots agitation as ‘unfortunate’.

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