Brace for flight delays at Mumbai Airport due to transport workers’ strike

Brace for flight delays at Mumbai Airport due to transport workers' strike
Around 400 Air India ground staff have gone on strike at Mumbai airport over non-payment of Diwali bonus (Representational Image)

Several flights departing from and arriving at Mumbai Airport were delayed on Thursday morning following a strike by a group of Air India’s contractual workers.

According to reports, around 400 Air India ground staff have gone on strike at the Mumbai airport over non-payment of Diwali bonus.

The ground staff of Air India Air Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL) is responsible for checking-in passengers, loading/unloading bags and cargo, aircraft cleaning services, ground handling for foreign airlines, among other roles.

“Due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai airport by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimise delays or disruption,” ANI quoted an Air India spokesperson as saying.

The strike began on Wednesday night and resulted in flight delays shortly after. With no resolution in sight as of publishing this report, flyers travelling from Air India should brace for delays during the day.

A Mumbai-Bangkok flight was among those that saw major delays. The flight, AI 330, was scheduled for a 1.45 am departure, but left after a delay of around seven hours at 8:18 am.

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