Several flights from Mumbai were delayed due to a strike by a group of contractual ground staff of Air India Air Transport Services Limited (AIATSL) at the Mumbai airport.

According to Air India, early morning flights from Mumbai were delayed by almost two hours.

The workers are on strike at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport since Wednesday night, news agency ANI reported.

“Due to a sudden industrial situation at Mumbai airport by AIATSL employees, some flights have got delayed. We are assessing the situation and all efforts are being made to minimise delays or disruption,” Air India spokesperson was quoted as saying by ANI.

Following the complaints from a number of passengers, Air India has informed that the airline’s permanent employees have been deputed to normalise the flights.

According to media reports, around 400 staff members are protesting over non-payment of Diwali bonus.