AI to cut flights to Southeast Asia, Gulf due to SARS fears

New Delhi: Air India says it will cancel several flights to Southeast Asia and the Gulf after its pilots intensified their campaign against flying to SARS-affected areas.

The Indian Pilots Guild has asked members in a new directive not to fly anywhere with executive pilots, or non-union members, who have been operating flights to Singapore and Hong Kong since an earlier union order asking members not to fly there.

"We are working on contingency plans. Some flights will have to be dropped. This will include Southeast Asia and the Gulf," says an Air India spokesman. "Flights to the US and Europe will operate normally, but short-haul flights will be affected because of the new directive."