Air India to revert to normal schedule from tomorrow

ABU DHABI - Air India will revert to its normal schedule of operations from tomorrow following a period of operations under contingency plans to counter the strike by a section of the pilots of the airline.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 7 May 2003, 12:17 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:59 PM

Air India Manager for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Bharat Chaturvedi said that the contingency plans put in place in two phases, beginning April 27, helped bring the situation under control.

The pilots had refused to fly unless certificates were produced to the effect that the accompanying crew members had not flown to countries affected by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) over a preceding period of ten days.

The airline had worked out a contingency plan for the capital operations, with revised flight schedules, pressing into service additional flights in place of all the cancelled flights in its normal schedule.

Passengers who could not be accommodated in the additional flights were offered alternative options in other airlines operating to the same destinations, including Indian Airlines, Gulf Air and Oman Air, Mr Chaturvedi said.

"The situation has improved vastly with the return to work of a number of pilots, and we expect the operations to return to normal by tomorrow," he said. There has been no report of inconvenience to passengers during the period of strike, as the load during the off-peak season was at manageably low levels, he added.

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