New Delhi/ Mumbai: It seems that the impasse between the striking pilots and the Air India is not going to die down, with the strike enters seventh consequtive day on Monday.

The management cancelled 14 international outbound flights, throwing domestic operations into disarray.

"We have cancelled around 14 flights for the day. The contingency plan will be implemented within two or three days whereby a guaranteed minimum international operations will be operated,' a senior Air India official with the Operations Arm said.

The passengers' woes are mounting with day-by-day, as Thirteen international flights have been cancelled overnight including seven from Mumbai and four from Delhi. At least 22 flights were cancelled on Sunday.

Hundreds of angry passengers allegedly tried to block the road outside the Mumbai airport last night and early this morning frustrated with the lack of information given to them by the Air India officials.

The CISF jawans rushed to the spot to calm the situation down.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, meanwhile, said on Monday that the pilots will have to call off strike to have talks. "We have taken a very reasonable stand. It's not a strict stand. The passengers have been suffering because of the strike. The pilots will have to call off strike to have talks," he said.

The Air India management has sacked a total of 76 pilots over the last six days for not reporting to work. It has also written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asking it to cancel the licenses of 11 office bearers of the Indian Pilots Guild or IPG whose services have been terminated. But despite the strict action, the pilots continue to remain defiant.


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