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AirAsia fends off talk that disgruntled pilots caused flight chaos and cancellations

CEO blames flu epidemic among pilots and teething problems with new rostering system

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Referring to the chaos on Tuesday, Mr Fernandes said on Wednesday "it was a freak day with the new system and 11 pilots were not well for night flights". He denied that industrial action was the cause, calling AirAsia pilots "super professional".

Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA-BASED budget carrier AirAsia on Wednesday sought to quash speculation that a wave of pilots calling in sick - which stranded hundreds of furious passengers - was actually a protest over working conditions.

AirAsia has said that around a dozen pilots had called