On the 15th of May, the Union Civil Aviation
Minister Ajit Singh stated that the Government
was giving Air India one last chance and that it
must perform in order to qualify for a bailout.
May 26th, 2012 Aviation minister Ajit Singh
announced that he would go ahead and hire new
pilots if the strike did not end soon. While, AI
management gave an assurance to Delhi High Court
that it would look into the hardships of the
pilots sympathetically, the striking pilots have
decided to end the 58 day old strike
Due to pilots' strike Air India suffered a loss
of US$ 99.75 million in 45 days. Eventually,
following the intervention of the Delhi High
Court, the pilots called off their 58 day strike
on 4th July, 2012.
"We sincerely hope that the AI management and
the civil aviation ministry will be as sincere
on their part. On this understanding, we are
commencing the process of restoring normalcy of
secretary E A Kapadia said "We the pilots of Air
India and members of the Indian Pilots Guild, on
the intervention of Honorable Justice Ms. Reva
Khetrapal of the Honorable Delhi high court have
started the procedure to resume work.
During the courtroom
proceedings, Justice Khetrapal said the pilots
are not "goondas (hired thugs) or criminal
elements. You consider their grievances after
talking to them."