Even as the 58-day long strike by Air India’s long distance international route pilots ended on Tuesday, the Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) the union representing these pilots, said that it could take up to two months for the airline to resume flight operations to full capacity.
IPG’s agitation against the airline’s decision to allow its domestic fleet pilots to train on the newly inducted Boeing 787 fleet ended following the Delhi high court intervention.
According to rules laid down by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) pilots will have go through three types of checks comprising a medical check, ground training and stimulator test before resuming flight duty. “If the management plans the process efficiently, we are hoping that a batch of 10 pilots could be ready to fly in the next 15 days. But it would take at least two months to resume 100% flight operations,” said captain Tauseef Mukadam, spokesperson, IPG.
IPG members added that the reconciliation process would resume on July 6 when the airline management and pilots will to discuss the disputed issues before the Central Labour Commission (CLC) as per courts directives. Both the parties will then report the outcome of the interaction to the court on July 12.
Interestingly, the impasse ended on a day when the first batch of domestic fleet pilots completed their B787 training. The AI spokesperson did not respond to the HT’s calls.