Services resume at India’s Jet Airways, as strike ends

MUMBAI, September 13, 2009 (AFP) – Services on India’s second-largest private airline, Jet Airways, resumed on Sunday after a five-day walk-out by pilots ended, the company said. Jet officials, who sacked two other pilots for breach of disciplinary procedures, on Sunday told a news conference in Mumbai that no action would be taken against the pilots.

The private carrier, which flies to London, New York, Toronto, Singapore and other international destinations as well as to most Indian cities, operates 365 domestic and 74 international flights daily. The airline said an “amicable agreement” had been reached with the pilots, who took mass sick leave on Tuesday after the sacking of two senior pilots for setting up an unrecognised trade union.

“Effective Sunday September 13, the airline will operate their full schedule of services on all sectors with all crew reporting for their normal rostered duties,” the company said in a statement.

Airline spokesman A.K. Shivanandan told AFP in New Delhi that “most flights” have already started, adding: “By this evening normalcy would be restored.”

Thousands of Jet customers were forced to change their travel plans in one