New Delhi: There seems to no end to the turbulence in national carrier Air India. The airline has sacked 24 more pilots, taking the total number of axed pilots to 70.
The national carrier has also written to the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to cancel flying licences of the sacked pilots.
Meanwhile, the airline has framed a contingency plan for international flights, starting Monday at 6 am.
Following the strict stand of Air India, the pilots are on the backfoot. They are now appealing for talks, and say they too are concerned about the airline's health.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to ensure air fares don't go up because of the pilots' strike.
The DGCA has issued an order banning other airlines from hiking fares by 20 per cent, saying they should not try to benefit from the unrest in Air India.
Kingfisher pilots, meanwhile, have called off their strike after the company started paying pending salaries on Friday. As many as 24 Kingfisher flights were cancelled over two days following the strike by Delhi-based pilots.