National carrier Air India on Sunday said it plans to operate additional flights on August 18 to avoid possible inconvenience to passengers in case private airline operators go ahead with their strike call.
"In addition to normal daily carriage of passengers on our scheduled flights, we will be able to accomodate about 25,000 additional passengers on the scheduled flights and the specially operated flights," an Air India spokesperson told PTI in Mumbai.
Six major private carriers, under the aegis of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), has announced their decision to not fly on August 18 to protest the rising prices of aviation turbine fuel and taxes on it, besides high airport charges.
They are also demanding an immediate bailout and threatened to suspend their services indefinitely if the government did not intervene urgently.
The move to operate additional flights over the scheduled flights is to ensure that the passengers did not face inconvenience in view of the proposed strike, he said.
Air India will also operate special flights with large capacity aircraft like B 747 and Boeing 777 on high density routes "so that the load of small flights can be accomodated on a single flight," he said.