Air India cancels flights as pilots strike for pay

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Posted: May 01, 2011 4:15 AM
Air India cancels flights as pilots strike for pay

Air India pilots demanding more pay are on strike for a fifth day in defiance of a court order to return to work and spare the airline from further losses.

The strike has forced India's national carrier to stop taking new bookings and to cancel all but 40 of its scheduled 165 flights Sunday. It has forced after similar cancelations each day since the strike started Wednesday.

The airline is also coping by hiring chartered flights for some routes. It says the action is now costing around 12 million rupees ($2.67 million) a day.

The Delhi High Court had ordered the 800 striking pilots last week to call off their "brazen" strike. It launched contempt of court proceedings Saturday when the pilots refused to go back to work.