Five flights were canceled by Air India Express in Kolkata, and efforts are underway to restore normalcy

In an attempt to restore normality in the wake of the cabin crew-related crisis, Air India Express canceled five flights on four routes from Kolkata on Friday, according to an official.

According to an Air India Express representative who spoke to PTI, the airline canceled two flights from Kolkata to Hyderabad and one each to Chennai, Cochin, and Ayodhya.

These were a few of the 120 domestic and international flights that were canceled nationwide on Friday, despite the fact that on Thursday the striking cabin crew members had called off their strike, which began Tuesday night.

The representative said that in addition to the 120 cancellations, the airline ran 246 flights to different locations, 20 of which were run by Vistara and two by Air India.

Although the cabin crew began reporting back to work, airline sources indicated that there were several technological issues with rostering and re-rostering that prevented them from being placed on aircraft right away.

In a day and a half, everything should be back to normal.

In addition to completing the whole duty roster, sources said that some time would also be needed for the medical examination of the cabin crew members who returned to work.

Notably, more than 170 flights were canceled on Thursday night as a consequence of the abrupt mass sick leave strike by a portion of the cabin staff that began on Tuesday night.

Also, the airline has rescinded the letters of termination it had sent to the 25 striking cabin staff members.

As a form of protest against the airline’s alleged mismanagement, the cabin staff had begun filing illness reports. PTI SBN NN

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