The Air Indian Pilots strike has entered the 30th day and has brought no relief to the airline or the pilots. Ajit Singh the Civil Aviation minister on June 6, 2012 said that the Air India Management is now planning to hire 90 more pilots in the next six months for the international as well as the domestic operations.
Singh while addressing a press conference on the issues said, “There are plans to train more pilots and hire more pilots for the domestic flights.” The minister also assured that the airline would also start new routes to Hong Konhg, Seoul and Osaka in the month of August.
While talking about the striking pilots Singh said that it seems that the pilots have decided not to come back and they have condemned the Dharmadhikari report, which is a part of the turn around plan. Singh also said, “Our stand from day one has been, that it has been declared illegal by the High Court, they haven’t even followed union rules of giving notice of strike. I have said in Parliament there will be no victimisation, but they are not willing”.
The civil aviation minister also said that the pilots can come back but there will be no pre-conditions.