NEW DELHI, April 27 (PTI): Cracking down on striking pilots demanding pay hike, Air India management today sacked six leaders of the Indian Commercial Pilots' Association (ICPA) which was derecognised and its offices sealed.
The services of ICPA leaders, including its president Capt A S Bhinder and general secretary Capt Rishabh Kapur, were terminated by the management, senior airline officials said. Two other agitating pilots were suspended.
Declaring as illegal the strike by about 800 pilots, the management derecognised the ICPA and sealed its offices in Delhi and Mumbai.
At least 20 AI flights were cancelled since midnight including several on the Delhi-Mumbai sector and those to Kathmandu, Bangkok, Raipur, Aurangabad, Srinagar, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Leh.
Passengers had harrowing time with several flights getting delayed by over three hours.