Today morning, several flights of Air India from Mumbai were delayed because of a strike called by a group of flag carrier contractual workers. Air India said that it had called off-duty permanent staff from their homes to support in the held-up check-in process.
A spokesman of the National Carrier told the source that “Till this morning, 10 domestic flights were delayed besides three international ones. The delay was up to three hours.” However, a representative of Mumbai Airport said that 16 Air India’s International flights were delayed.
Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) contractual ground staff went on strike since last night as they did not receive their bonus for Diwali.
The company offers ground handling services to Air India across the Airport in India, which has over 5000 employees, includes those are on contractual basis.
Due to the cancellation of so many flights, a number of passengers have expressed their frustration and anger on Twitter.
Air India spokesman said that “due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimize delays or disruption.”
He continued, “Negotiations are going on between the striking employees and the AIATSL management to resolve the issue.”