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Quick Edit | Struck by turbulence

Quick Edit | Struck by turbulence
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First Published: Thu, Apr 28 2011. 01 15 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 28 2011. 01 15 AM IST
Over the past few days, things have gone horribly wrong for Air India. First, a consortium of banks to which the airline owes money have expressed their unhappiness with a proposed debt-restructuring plan—surprising, because many of the same banks had no problems in extending a deal to another airline Kingfisher. Then, some of its pilots went on strike over issues related to compensation, and both the management and the government (which owns the airline) responded with uncharacteristic firmness. This newspaper has no sympathy for those who disrupt life and work, but the repeated strikes (and threats of strikes) at Air India do indicate a systemic problem that the government has been ignoring. Addressing that will help more than rhetoric such as the aviation minister’s claim that Air India would never declare a “lockdown” as long as he was there. Maybe he can fly.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 28 2011. 01 15 AM IST
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