New Delhi: With the strike of Air India (AI) pilots entering fifth day on Sunday, the numbers of flights operating in the domestic sector were reduced to 40. Only 14 flights operated from the national capital.

Chief Managing Director of AI, Arvind Jadhav, through SMS is trying to convince the pilots and bring them to the discussion table. The SMS read, “ICPA has stopped working illegally for pay increase and parity, thus threatening our survival.

This is when a Supreme Court judge is studying this issue. Risking our airline's survival at this time is criminal. We all condemn corruption in public life, and culprits must be punished.”

The SMS further stated, “All actions against which the pilots are agitating occurred many years ago, for which the current administration cannot be held responsible. In order to save our Airline, I appeal to you to cooperate and to persuade our pilot friends to return to work and discussions - let us start afresh.”

On the fifth day of the strike, many officials other than the pilots did not turn up for work. Owing to the strike, passengers had to face several problems at Delhi, whereas the management at Mumbai had to use Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 to ferry passengers on Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jeddah routes. The management is also using 30 Airbus flights.

Meanwhile due to crunch of pilots flights on Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Guwahati, Dimapur and Imphal routes have been cancelled.

JPN/Bureau