Despite the fact that Air India has been dealing with a pilot strike for nearly two months, they have carried 3% more passengers in the first 20 days of June and they have also seen an increase of 5% in revenue. An official from Air India said that this shows the faith and commitment that their passengers have in the airline. Before the strike began, the airline was able to reduce their cash losses in April by about 62%, despite the fact that fuel prices had increased by 16%.
With the pilots strike at 55 days and ongoing, management is focused on pushing forward and they plan to restart flights to Hong Kong on July 6. The official for the airline said that they are also looking to restart a number of their other Asia flights soon, flights that were cut after the strike began on May 7. Flights to Shanghai and Toronto among those that were cut and have already been resumed. A total of 20 pilots have been on an indefinite fast since last Sunday and the condition of some of the pilots is not good.
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