The Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA) did not comment on the management’s offer. But, KTS Tulsi, representing the striking pilots, said, “Let the sacked pilots be unconditionally reinstated first and only then will they withdraw the strike.” Sources also said that the union was trying to seek an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to end the dispute.
The strike so far has grounded 90% of Air India’s domestic flights forcing to airline to operate only 40 out of its 320 daily operations resulting a sharp rise in airfares.
Meanwhile, the Indian Pilots’ Guild — an association of over 400 pilots of the erstwhile Air India who fly international routes — came out in support of the striking pilots.
In a letter to the PMO and civil aviation ministry, it asked that the de-recognition of the ICPA be lifted and hit out at the mismanagement of AI.