In some relief for the troubled aviation industry, a section of the ailing Kingfisher Airlines pilots have called off their strike. After two days of strike for the non-payment of salaries, the pilots have called off the strike.
The strike was called off after the airline boss Vijay Mallya assured to deal with the situation firmly. The pilots then decided to get back to work after a meeting with the airline management in New Delhi.
The urgent meeting was called after the flights were cancelled for the second day in a row. The cancellation of flights affected the passengers, who were stranded due to the agitation of the pilots.
On May 11, about 12 flights had to be cancelled from Delhi and Mumbai as 70 odd pilots did not report to work from north India. A total of 17 flights were cancelled on May 10, 2012. Once again the management has assured that the January salaries will be paid by May 15, 2012 and a part payment of the February salaries will soon follow. An authority from the airline said, “In view of the developments, the pilots, who had been reporting sick since yesterday, have decided to withdraw their agitation and resume duties”. At present the airline has about 7,000 workforce.