New Delhi: In what will raise a stink against Air India, the national carrier has sacked 48 pilots overnight. Some of them were still flying. Also Read - Delhi Airport Terminal-2 to Resume Operations From October 1 With Nearly 100 Daily Flights

Reports said all of them had resigned before and withdrew the resignation. Their withdrawal of the resignation was accepted earlier and many of them were flying while, all of sudden, Air India sacked them on Thursday night, by sending them a letter. Some of them had resigned in 2019 and withdrew their resignations within permitted time of six months as stipulated. Also Read - Unlock 5.0: From Cinema Halls to Educational Institutes, What Relaxations to Expect From October

“The current operations are a small fraction of pre-COVID level and is unlikely to increase in the near foreseeable future. The Company is incurring huge net losses and does not have the financial ability to pay,” the letter said. Also Read - Jodhpur Lockdown News: Total Shutdown Imposed in The District Amid Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases | What's Allowed, What's Prohibited

Before this, Air India’s decision to send its staff to staff to unpaid leaves for five years.

“Recent decisions of the Air India board regarding rationalization of staff cost were reviewed in a meeting at the Ministry of Civil Aviation this evening. The meeting reiterated that unlike other carriers which have laid off a large number of their employees, no employee of AirIndia will be laid off,” the national carrier had said on Twitter.