New Delhi: In a major respite to air travellers, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the section of Air India pilots asking them to restrain from continuing strike.

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Issuing the notice to Indian Pilots' Guild, the HC declared the strike as illegal. The court has sought reply from IPG within two weeks.

Putting a stay on the strike that led to several flight cancellations, the HC said no sick leaves would be allowed to pilots of the national air carrier till further notice.

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Earlier, the Air India management on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court seeking an order restraining the pilots from going on strike.

Filing an injunction suit before Justice Reva Khetrapal, counsel Lalit Bhasin sought an order to restrain Air India pilots from going on strike.

Justice Khetrapal will hear the matter at 2.15 pm on Wednesday.

A section of Air India pilots owing allegiance to Indian Pilots Guild went on strike on Tuesday following failure of talks with the Air India management.

The IPG pilots have been agitating over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression.

Disappointed over the management's attitude, some 100 odd pilots had joined the IPG agitation by going on sick leave in the midst of their talks with the management of Air India which had led to cancellation of flights.

Four Air India international flights from New Delhi and Mumbai were cancelled this morning.

On May 5, a section of pilots had reported sick, apparently to protest the move, resulting in cancellation of one international flight and delaying another two.

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