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05-09-2012, 09:04 AM #1
Air India shutdown an option: Ajit Singh
Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Tuesday sent out a big warning to striking Air India (AI) pilots.
In an exclusive interview to Headlines Today, Singh said the government might totally shutdown Air India if problems continue in the airline.
"We do realise that if we have to close down this company, there will be short-term problems. There is 17 per cent of the traffic. Lot of disruption will take place. But nobody is indispensable," Singh said in reply to a question.
The minister said it was not possible for the government to keep pumping in money into the national carrier. His threat came even as the strike by pilots led to cancellation of several flights on Tuesday.
A section of Air India pilots owing allegiance to Indian Pilots Guild are agitating over the rescheduling of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training and matters relating to their career progression.
The Civil Aviation Minister termed the strike as "illegal" and said the management of the national carrier would take appropriate action against those involved in the stir.