Air India pilots 'to end strike'

An Air India domestic flight takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport in Ahmedabad
Image caption Air India is a state-owned airline

Pilots of national carrier Air India are set to call off their strike after almost two months, the high court in the capital, Delhi, has been told.

The pilots told the court that they would return to work within 48 hours.

More than 400 pilots have been on strike in a dispute over training to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane.

Dozens of flights have been cancelled because of the strike, which has entered its 58th day. Reports say the strike has cost more than £100m.

The airline has already sacked 101 pilots and the High Court had earlier ruled the protest illegal.

Reports say the pilots decided to call off their strike after the Air India management told the court that it would consider the demands of the pilots "sympathetically".

"The Air India management shall sympathetically consider the grievances of the pilots including the aspect of reinstatement of those pilots who were terminated as a consequence to their strike," Justice Reva Khetrapal said

The pilots told Justice Khetrapal through their legal representative that they will return to duty in 48 hours, reports say.

The pilots have been protesting against a decision to train pilots from Indian Airlines, which merged with Air India in 2007, to fly the Dreamliners.

Air India pilots say that as the planes were ordered before the merger, they should be given priority for training.

The airline is severely in debt - earlier this year the government approved a debt-restructuring plan worth nearly $6bn (£3.8bn).

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