(MENAFN- Bangladesh Monitor)
After several Indigo flights were delayed across the country, Indian aviation's watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) took a strong cognizance of the airlines' operations. As per sources, the non-availability of crew members was cited as the primary reason for the hindrance.
'Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken strong cognizance of IndiGo operations and sought a clarification/explanation behind the massive flight delays nationwide,' DGCA officials said.
According to the aviation ministry's website, 55 pc of the airline's flights took off on time on Saturday and flight operations remained affected on Sunday too.
Officials of DGCA said the regulatory body had taken strong cognisance against IndiGo.(Reuters)
Officials of DGCA said the regulatory body had taken strong cognisance against IndiGo.
“We have seen the development and have sought a report from the concerned airline,” a DGCA official said.
Tata Group's Air India and AI Express have been conducting walk-in interviews for hiring cabin crew. According to airline officials, the flights were delayed as many cabin crews reported sick and did not turn up for their scheduled flights.
“Tata Air India had their second phase of cabin crew recruitment on Saturday and IndiGo's crew had reported sick leave to participate in the recruitment process,” one of the airline officials said.
IndiGo operates around 1,600 flights daily but because of crew not reporting to work, flights were delayed and around 728 flights could be operated on time, leaving the airline with a cabin crew shortage.
However, flight delays seemed to continue on Sunday as passengers raised their voices on social media. '@IndiGo6E #IndigoSucks. Flight not on time. No update. No place to sit at the terminal. Staff missing. Wonder what happened to IndigoStandardTime. Seems that the clock has run out of battery,” Shekhar, one of the flyers on twitter tweeted.
“11 flights were canceled and 320 flights were delayed till Sunday, 6pm. A total of 56 cancellations and 842 delays were reported on Saturday,” claimed an industry expert who did not wish to be named.
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