With the striking pilots getting back to work, operations of Air India returned to normal on Thursday with 18 of its flights taking off from the national capital.

“Flight operations have returned to normal and 18 of our morning flights have taken off for various destination as per schedule,” an airlines official said.

The airlines’ flights to Southeast Asia operated as per schedule. Air India also operated its Delhi-Frankfurt- Chicago, Mumbai-Frankfurt-hicago, Mumbai-London, Delhi- London, Amritsar-London-Toronto and Ahmedabad-Frankfurt flights on Thursday morning.

At the check-in counters at the airport here, AI officials offered passengers roses and apologised to them for the five days of disruption due to the strike.

In an attempt to attract more passengers, the airlines has planned to increase the number of seats offered on special fares, the official said.

The flight operations started to return to normal late on Wednesday evening after the agitating executive pilots started reporting to work following an agreement with the management on keeping the September 24 order regarding cut in their productivity-linked incentive (PLI) in abeyance.

A three-member committee would look into the issues and consult the pilots before any cut.

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