Air India ground staff on strike at Mumbai airport, several flights delayed

The airline maintained that the women-only seats was introduced to provide comfort and choice to women, denying reports that this was to curb in-flight harassment. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 08, 2018, 11.35 AM (IST)

Several Air India flights from Mumbai airport have been delayed due to a sudden strike called by about 400 contractual ground staff of the airline's Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) at Mumbai airport, news agency ANI reported. 

The staff are on strike over the delay in Diwali bonus from Wednesday night.  

Air India spokesperson said that they are assessing the situation and added that they are taking all efforts to minimise delays or disruption. 

''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,'' the AI spokesperson said.

The airline's permanent employees have been deputed to normalise the flights, he said and added that only early morning flights from Mumbai got delayed by 2 hours because of the strike call.