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AI pilot strike enters 4th day; Mumbai operations badly hit

delhi Updated: Apr 30, 2011 15:53 IST

Air India's Mumbai operations have almost come to a standstill as the strike by its pilots entered the fourth day on Saturday.

The national carrier will not undertake any operations from the metropolis till 9 am due to the strike, an Air India spokeswoman said.

Between 9am and 11.30am there may be five flights, she said.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai International Airport's main runway would be shut between 11.30am and 3.30pm on Saturday for repair work. The runway was closed on April 23 also for the same reason.

On Friday, Air India had operated just 12 flights from the financial capital. Normally, the state-owned carrier operates over 40 flights a day on the domestic sector from here using narrow bodied aircraft.

Nearly 850 pilots are continuing their strike ignoring stern warning of sacking by the management and the Delhi high court's decision to initiate contempt proceedings against them.

Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), which is spearheading the stir, is demanding a higher fixed component in the salary package, a CBI probe into the alleged mismanagement which has led to losses of over Rs 16,000 crore and removal of Air India CMD Arvind Jadhav holding him responsible for the "financial mess".