The minister said he is deeply 'anguished and distressed' at the accident and relief teams from Air India and Airports Authority of India (AAI) are being immediately dispatched from Delhi and Mumbai.
In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the IFALPA said the grave injustice which is being meted out to the Air India pilots, needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
The chief minister, accompanied by Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain, discussed a range of issues with Puri in the meeting.
Here's our exclusive interview with Air India Joint Forum of All Unions, representing all union bodies of India's national carrier opposing wage cuts and Leave Without Pay.
Pawan Hans Limited will commence thrice-weekly helicopter flights and passengers availing the services will have to pay Rs 2,900 per seat.
Air India on Wednesday announced upto 50 per cent reduction in monthly allowances of its employees, who have a gross monthly salary of more than Rs 25,000.
The forum also said that no meeting or negotiation have been held with any of the trade unions, barring that of the pilots, over these issues.
On Tuesday, Air India issued an internal order asking its department head and regional directors to identify employees who will be sent on compulsory LWP for up to five years.
He said the government has shown a complete lack of empathy and refusal to acknowledge the selfless service of Air India employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While government has officially announced capacity expansion to 45 percent, Hardeep Singh Puri confirmed that domestic flights have barely reached 33 percent capacity.
Air France will be operating 28 flights from Delhi, Mumbai & Bengaluru to Paris between July 18 to August 1.
The Air India Pilots' Union noted that while the proposed salary cut for pilots is almost 60 percent, the top management has proposed a meagre 3.5 percent cut on its own gross salary.
Recently, Air India instituted a scheme whereby employees can opt to take "leave without pay" ranging from six months to up to five years.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister said that till the international civil aviation reclaim its pre-COVID numbers, India will rely on bilateral air bubbles.
In her response, the Congress general secretary said she has made no such request and that she will be vacating the house by August 1 as asked by the government.
Tiruchi Siva has argued that the government should have asked airlines to keep middle seats on flights vacant to avoid contact between passengers in view of the Covid-19 crisis.
According to the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, state ranking will also be announced under the survey, to be measured based on their fund utilisation and support to respective local bodies, among others.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri earlier said that the scheduled international passenger flights will resume when the domestic air traffic reach 50-55 per cent.
SpiceJet said it has operated around 50 charter flights from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon and Sri Lanka to bring thousands back home.
Domestic airlines had earlier been allowed to restart flights operations at one-third capacity.