AI pilots' stir still on; minister admits merger was a mistake

Over 20 Air India flights were cancelled today from Delhi and Mumbai as the agitation by the protesting pilots entered the third day, with no signs of a breakthrough. Both the government and the pilots say they are open to talks, but neither seems to have made the first move.

As a consequence of the standoff, thousands of passengers have been stranded and continue to suffer.

Despite the Delhi High Court declaring their stir illegal, the pilots remained defiant and said the agitation would continue till their demands were met.

"Three international departures from Mumbai and 8 from Delhi have been cancelled due to non-availability of pilots", an Air India official said.

Around 12 international arrivals at Delhi airport were also cancelled, according to the website of Delhi airport.

Passengers were inconvenienced as airline officials were unable to accommodate them in others airlines or give any concrete information on when their flights will take off.