Even if you have a confirmed Air India ticket for a flight next week, do confirm the flight’s status before you start for the airport.
With the truce between the pilots on strike and Air India management nowhere in sight, the national carrier said the curtailed service will continue the next week too.
According to an airline official, the domestic operations were badly hit on Sunday too, the fifth day of the strike, with only 40 of the 320 scheduled flights operating on key routes including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
However, officials said that while 90% of the domestic operations were hit, flights operated by its two subsidiaries—Alliance Air and Air India Express—have been running normally on all domestic and international routes.
Meanwhile, the passengers continued to have a harrowing time at the Delhi airport on Sunday too. “My family had to fly to Patna and the airline told us that the flight was on schedule. We came here and waited for more than four hours only to be told that the flight has been cancelled,” said MK Vij, who has come to Delhi from Australia with his family.
“If the authorities had told us about the cancellation beforehand, we would not have come to the airport at all,” Vij added.
Another passenger RS Sondhi said it was now getting very difficult to get seats in other airlines. “Though I have to take an exam in Leh only next week, due to the ongoing tussle I decided to take the Air India flight much before the exam date. But now when the Air India strike is likely to continue, I am now trying to book a seat in other airlines. But tickets are not available now,” Sondhi said.
Senior Air India officials said that they have finalised the curtailed operations schedule till next Friday and have even put it on their website to ensure the passengers are not inconvenienced.
“We request the passengers to please confirm the status of their flight before they reach the airport. We don’t want them to face any problems,” an airline official said. “We have also suspended all domestic bookings till Tuesday,” the official added.