Air India ground staff strike delays flights from Mumbai

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Flight services at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai have been disrupted after contractual staff of Air India Transport Services Ltd (AIATSL) went on a flash strike.

The staff began the strike last night and flights taking off and landing at the airport were delayed this morning. According to ANI, Air India's permanent employees have been deputed to normalise the flights. Only early morning flights from Mumbai were delayed by two hours, Air India informed.

"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 reason for the strike is yet to be known. Ground functions like check-in, loading and unloading of bags are handled by Air India's subsidiary AIATSL. Though no cancellations were reported, the airline's Newark flight (AI 191) departed two and a half hours late and the Bangkok flight (AI 330) was delayed by six hours.