IndiGo flights hit due to di­ver­sions

Business Standard - - STRATEGY - ANEESH PHADNIS

Over 80 IndiGo flights were can­celled over the week­end as a con­se­quen­tial im­pact of di­ver­sions and pi­lots short­age.

Thirty eight flights were di­verted, eleven of them of IndiGo, as Delhi was hit by a hail­storm on Thurs­day evening. This had a cas­cad­ing im­pact on the air­line's op­er­a­tions re­sult­ing in flight de­lays and can­cel­la­tions over the next three days. Flight di­ver­sion re­sults in duty time ex­ten­sion for pi­lots and while the civil avi­a­tion reg­u­la­tor does al­low a dis­pen­sa­tion in work hours, this puts a strain on air­line's op­er­a­tions. Pi­lots short­age also ag­gra­vated the sit­u­a­tion as the air­line has just enough num­ber of pi­lots to main­tain its daily op­er­a­tions.

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