Amid crew shortage, Air India Express cancels 74 flights


New Delhi: Air India Express on Thursday cancelled 74 flights and said Air India will operate services on 20 of its routes to minimise disruptions amid staff shortage and protest sick leave by some cabin crew.

Reports said that a section of cabin crew has reported sick to protest against alleged mismanagement at the airline, which has resulted in the cancellation of more than 90 flights since Tuesday night.

“We will be operating 292 flights today. We have mobilised all resources and Air India will support us by operating on 20 of our routes. However, 74 of our flights are cancelled and we urge our guests booked to fly with us to check if their flight is affected by the disruption before heading to the airport,” the airline said in a statement.

In case their flight is cancelled or delayed beyond three hours, the carrier said the passengers may opt for a full refund or reschedule to a later date without any fees.

Earlier in the day, reports said the airline had issued termination notices to 25 cabin crew members who had reported sick and asked others to join back for duty by 4 pm on Thursday.

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