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India airline pilots end strike

Jet Airways
Hundreds of flights were cancelled during the strike

A five-day strike by pilots at Indian airline Jet Airways which led to the cancellation of 800 flights has ended.

More than 400 of the company's pilots called in sick to protest after two of their colleagues were sacked for setting up a trade union.

The airline and pilots' union said they had agreed to hold talks. The sacked pilots will be re-instated.

The company's executive director reportedly said international flights would resume immediately.

"The [sacked] pilots will be taken back into service and flight operations are set to begin as early as tomorrow after the pilots' rostering is done," the United News of India agency reported, citing unnamed sources.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at various airports during the strike leading to angry confrontations.

According to Indian media reports, the strike cost the airline -owned by Indian tycoon Naresh Goyal - some $8m (£4.79m) a day.

Jet Airways - which operates 365 domestic and 74 international flights daily - has been mired in controversies in recent months. Last year, it announced plans to lay off 1,900 staff to cut costs.

But after days of protests by employees, the government persuaded the airline to take them back.

India's once-booming aviation sector has been hard hit by soaring costs, mainly due to global fuel-price rises.

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