Air India calls retired pilots to help

India's national carrier loses cargo revenue because of flight disruptions

Air India contingency plan Day 12 flights halved Indian Pilots Guild revenue losses strike

As the Air India stand-off entered Day 12 today, the airline management reached out to retired pilots to fly its planes on Friday. This, while the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), whose 300+ members are on strike, have shown no signs of backing out.

The national carrier has put a contingency plan to operate half of its international flights from the 800 a week it does usually. While the airline’s executive pilots are operating planes, the carrier has sought help from nine retired pilots to help and three have agreed to resume flying.  

The airline has lost revenues worth around $ 36.60 million in the 11 days of strike. In addition, it has not been getting any revenue from international cargo since bookings have stopped because of disruption of flights.