New Delhi: The ugly stand-off between the pilots and the management of Air India entered sixth consequtive day with 20 flights cancelled on Sunday.

Both the domestic and international passengers are facing a harrowing time due to the ongoing strike.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday issued notices to 11 office bearers of Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) after the airline management sought cancellation of their flying licenses.

The 11 pilots have been given a week's time to file their reply, sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said, a day after the state-owned airline wrote to the civil aviation regulator asking it to cancel the licenses of the 11 IPG office-bearers who are among the sacked pilots.

The Air India management has sacked a total of 76 pilots over the last five days for not reporting to work. It has also written to the DGCA asking it to cancel the licenses of 11 office bearers of the IPG whose services have been terminated. But despite the strict action, the pilots continue to remain defiant.

The DGCA action came on a day when at least 16 flights, mostly international, were cancelled even as government asked the section of the Air India pilots to end their five-day stir before talks could be held on the row over training and career progression.

Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh also reached out to the Opposition to find ways to end the impasse.

Earlier in the week, the Delhi High Court had declared the strike illegal, but that too did not deter the pilots.


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