Air India puts in place contingency plan

Under the contingency plan, ten out of thirty four international routes have been cancelled.

Updated: May 16, 2012, 08:53 AM IST

New Delhi Air India has curtailed and clubbed many of its flights to US and Europe as part of its contingency plan to stabilise its international operations hit by the eight-day-old pilot's stir.

The national carrier would be operating daily return services, with Boeing 777-300 extended range aircraft, for its destinations to Europe and US.

Instead of operating separate flights to US and Europe, Air India has clubbed its flight which would now run on Delhi-Paris-New York, Delhi-Frankfurt-Chicago and Delhi-London sectors, under its contingency plan which would be put in placce from May 16 to May 20, AI spokesperson said.

"We would be operating a minimum number of flights by clubbing flights to the the US and European destinations,"an Air India official said.

The Delhi-Paris flight has been clubbed with Delhi-JFK (New York). So, the flight would leave Delhi and will land in Paris and then go onwards to New York and from there back to Delhi.

The airline has lost more than Rs 150 crore in the last eight days due to ongoing strike by the pilots and subsequent cancellations and grounding of fleet of aircraft.

The ongoing strike and subsequent flight cancellations by the airline have disrupted holiday and other travel plans of many people.

The airline has also stopped bookings on its ultra long-haul routes till Thursday.

The national carrier would be operating 21 daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad and Bangalore to Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, dammam, Muscat and Male.

Apart from it, AI would operate two daily flights between Delhi and Kathmandu.

"The airline would operate four flights per week between Mumbai-Jeddah and three flights a week between Delhi-Jeddah and Delhi-Shanghai. There would be twice weekly operations in Mumbai-Hyderbad-Jeddah, Kochi-Kozhikode-Jeddah, Mumbai-Riyadh, Riaydh-Kochi, Delhi-Tokyo, and Dalhi-Riyadh," a statment from Air India said.

The airline had planned to wet-lease aircrafts to operate four or five flights but is still evaluating the proposal.