2-May-2011 8:25 AM

Air India reports revenue loss of around USD6m over three days

Air India provided (29-Apr-2011) the following update on the affect of strike action, as at 14:00 on 29-Apr-2011: 

  • 27-Apr-2011: On the first day of the strike, Air India successfully operated 44 flights (100%) of its subsidiary Alliance Air, 70 flights of Air India Express (two more than scheduled) and 53 flights of Air India widebodies (three more than scheduled). The strike has only affected domestic operations of Air India. A total of 57 flights were cancelled as 69 executive pilots reported sick. The revenue loss stood at approximately INR45 million (USD1.0 million);
  • 28-Apr-2011: On the second day of the strike, operations of Alliance Air and Air India Express were normal. The operations of Air India widebodies were near normal as a couple of its flights were cancelled. Despite the number of domestic flights being curtailed by 45, the sector saw cancellation of 51 flights – which means a total of 96 flights affected. The revenue loss stood at approximately INR100 million (USD2.3 million);
  • 29-Apr-2011: On the third day, Alliance Air, Air India Express and Air India widebodies continued to maintain normal services. AIE operated two additional flights to Dubai and Sharjah to clear the backlog. Once again the domestic sector saw a further curtailment of flights by 126. This was also because this sector has decided to refuse fresh bookings for five days. The number of flights operated was 39. This includes a Jumbo service Mumbai-Delhi. The revenue loss stood at approximately INR120 million (USD2.7 million). [more]

The carrier, meanwhile, reportedly operated 39 of its regular 320 services on 30-Apr-2011, the fourth day of the strike (Economic Times/PTI/Hindu Business Line, 30-Apr-2011/01-02-May-2011). "We have curtailed more than 52% of our domestic flights and operating on only trunk routes that is too metro cities. Under the contingency plan, we have reduced the number of flights as we do not have any pilots," the carrier said. Air India grounded nearly 90% of its domestic services as the Air India pilots' strike entered its fifth day on 01-May-2011 (The Hindu Business Line/IANS, 01/02-May-2011). Some 170 of its daily 225 domestic services were cancelled and rescheduled on 01-May-2011. Alliance Air, Air India Express and AI widebody (international) service remained normal. As of 12:00 on 01-May-2011, the carrier was operating 19 domestic services, of which 13 were on time and six were delayed. For the coming week, Air India has curtailed its schedule until 06-May-2011 with a revised schedule to be posted on the carrier's website.

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