A 58-day strike by pilots of Air India is said to end today after the Delhi High Court intervened.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Abhay Pathak, Regional Director, Gulf and Middle East, Air India said the strike has been called off and normal operations of Air India Express, most affected in the UAE and Gulf region, would be back to normal soon.
According to news agencies, the striking Air India pilots on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that they will call off their strike with immediate effect.
The Air India management has also assured the court that it will sympathetically consider the pilots' grievances, including reinstatement of sacked pilots.
Reports suggested that 434 pilots will submit an affidavit asking to start work and Air India will consider the reinstatement of 100 sacked pilots and 10 office bearers.
“During the strike, private carriers like SpiceJet, IndiGo and Jet Airways, and some foreign airlines made deep inroads into the Gulf-India sector.
“This has been the peak season for summer vacation bookings and the private airlines made a killing.
“Enough damage has been done to India’s national carrier,” said the representative of a leading Indian community association here.