New Delhi: In view of the large number of delayed flights of IndiGo on Saturday, DGCA, the flight controlling body of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, has sought a response from IndiGo, considering it a serious disorder. According to DGCA, less than half of IndiGo’s flights on Saturday, only 45% could take off on their scheduled time.
850 Flights delayed
IndiGo flies 1600 aircraft daily. On Saturday, about 850 of these aircraft could take off 15 minutes or more behind the scheduled time.
The main reason for the delay in IndiGo flights is said to be the absence of crew members. It is believed that a large number of Indigo crew members went to other airlines to give interviews, so they could not reach their service on time. Notably, after going to Tata Sons Group, the recruitment process is going on in Air India these days, towards which the crew members are interested.
Although IndiGo has not issued any public statement regarding this, Indigo Airlines, which claims to be punctual, has apologized for the inconvenience caused to the passengers due to the delay in its flights.
Indigo, in response to the complaints of passengers, said that there is no single reason for the delay in flights, but due to several reasons, the flights were delayed on Saturday. Airplane movement and clearance were also a major factor. However, now after the objection of DGCA, now IndiGo will have to give its official answer on this.
DGCA chief Arun Kumar said, “We are looking into this.” The phase-2 of Air India’s recruitment drive was conducted on Saturday and majority of IndiGo’s cabin crew members who took sick leave went for it, the sources in the industry added.
IndiGo, India’s largest airline, currently operates approximately 1,600 flights –domestic and international — daily. IndiGo did not respond to PTI’s request for a statement on the matter. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s website, 45.2 per cent of IndiGo’s domestic flights operated on time on Saturday.
The air career also reported one of its worst on-time performance on Jul 2 and Jul 3 due to unavailability of cabin crew members. While 55 percent of IndiGo flights were delayed on July 2, nearly 30 percent of IndiGo flights were delayed on July 3.
In comparison, the on-time performances of Air India, SpiceJet, Vistara, Go First and AirAsia India was 77.1 per cent, 80.4 per cent, 86.3 per cent, 88 per cent and 92.3 per cent, respectively, on Saturday. The Tata Group took control of Air India on January 27, after successfully winning the bid for the airline on October 8 last year.