Protesting a gag order and delay in the payment of salaries, over 15,000 crew members and maintenance engineers of Air India went on a flash strike all over India Tuesday, hitting the carrier's operations. However, Air India maintained that flights were not affected. Flights from the major metro cities have not been affected, but there have been a few dislocations at some of the non-metro airports. A section of ground employees of Air India walked out of their assigned duty stations in the morning and afternoon. The management mustered all available resources to minimize the impact on the scheduled operations.
The national carrier had earlier ordered 50 percent cut in the productivity-linked incentives (PLI) to save about Rs.700 crore. PLIs currently account for 30 percent to 50 percent of Air India employees' wages. PLIs have not been paid since August. The airline appealed to its employees to come forward and join hands to strengthen the airline operations.
Despite the tragedy that struck Air India on 22nd May 2010 in the shape of a fatal accident to IX 812, the airline has been able to operate 116 of the 123 scheduled flights on the network.