Mumbai: Air India has issued a show cause notice to its Chief Operating Officer Capt Gustav Baldauf after his remarks about political interference in the airline's routine affairs.

The notice was served on Wednesday evening following an interview Baldauf gave to a daily, which quoted him as saying, "It is certainly a difficult environment, in the Indian environment, the stakeholder - the government – plays too prominent a role in operations".

The Austrian national, who earlier worked in senior capacities in several airlines including Jet Airways and Austrian Airlines, said, "When you call someone from outside, let him work. The government should control but let him work. It should not be involved in day-to-day operations."

Replying to his remark, an Air India official said, "The management has not taken his remarks lightly and has sought his explanation on the issue".

Baldauf, who also met Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi, refused to comment on the matter.

Baldauf was appointed at Rs three crore per annum pay package with the mandate to implement Air India's turnaround plan.