India, May 8 -- As many as 86 flights of the Air India Express were cancelled on Wednesday after several crew members of the airline went on mass 'sick leaves' in protest against the Tata management over the merger of AIX Connect (AirAsia India with Air India Express), two officials aware of the matter confirmed.

"A section of our cabin crew reported sick at the last minute, starting last night, resulting in flight delays and cancellations. While we are engaging with the crew to understand the reasons behind these occurrences, our teams are actively addressing this issue to minimise any inconvenience to our guests," an Air India Express spokesperson said.

Offering refunds for the affected flights, the spokesperson said, "...Guests impac...