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Air India suffered Rs 600 crore loss due to 58-day pilot strike: Govt

Air India has suffered a loss of around Rs 600 crore ($107.7 mn) due to the recent 58-day-long strike by its pilots, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said.

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Air India has suffered a loss of around Rs 600 crore ($107.7 mn) due to the recent 58-day-long strike by its pilots, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Tuesday.

"The total loss of revenue already caused to Air India due to prolonged strike by the pilots is approximately Rs 600 crore," he told the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament, in a written reply.

He said a section of Air India pilots represented by Indian Pilots Guild started reporting sick from May 7, in protest against the management's decision to train pilots of erstwhile Indian Airlines to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

The minister said due to the strike the national carrier had to restructure its operations and operate 39 international flights against 46.

He also informed that Air India management has derecognised the pilot's union and terminated the services of 98 pilots.

In reply to separate question, Singh said, "No recruitment action has been initiated by the Air India management."

He also said Justice Dharmadhikari Committee had given its recommendations and the government has sent it to Air India management for implementation.

"Air India has also prepared a Voluntary Retirement Scheme for its employees," Singh said.

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