Hail­storm led to flight can­cel­la­tions: Indigo

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTBUSINESS - Rhik Kundu [email protected]

MUM­BAI: More than 50 flights op­er­ated by bud­get air­line IndiGo were can­celled in the past three days. In­terGlobe Avi­a­tion Ltd, which runs the largest do­mes­tic car­rier, said the dis­rup­tions were pri­mar­ily due to the hail­storm that hit north In­dia on Thurs­day. How­ever, op­er­a­tions of other air­lines were not dis­rupted as much as that of IndiGo dur­ing Fe­bru­ary 8-10.

IndiGo flights were dis­rupted from across ma­jor air­ports in­clud­ing New Delhi, Mum­bai, Bengaluru, Hy­der­abad, Kolkata, Goa, Pune, Guwa­hati, Chen­nai and Raipur dur­ing the week­end.

At least 27 IndiGo flights were can­celled in Bengaluru on Satur­day and Sun­day due to un­availa- bil­ity of staff, said a per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the mat­ter. Sev­eral flights were also dis­rupted in New Delhi and Mum­bai.

While seven flights were can­celled on Satur­day and Sun­day at the Chen­nai air­port, eight flights were can­celled in Hy­der­abad on Sun­day, an­other in­dus­try of­fi­cial said. At least three IndiGo flights were can­celled or de­layed in Mum­bai on Sun­day. Three IndiGo flights were can­celled from Jaipur on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Mint could not in­de­pen­dently ver­ify the ex­act num­ber of flights that were can­celled.

When con­tacted, IndiGo did not com­ment on the num­ber of flights that were de­layed or can­celled across its net­work in the last few days.

“Due to a se­vere hail­storm in North In­dia on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, 2019, 11 IndiGo flights were di­verted. Con­se­quently, this dis­rupted op­er­a­tions across our net­work the fol­low­ing day,” IndiGo said in a state­ment.

“As part of re­cov­er­ing our sched­ule, po­si­tion­ing of the crew and air­craft had to be read­justed. As a re­sult, a num­ber of flights were can­celled.”

An in­dus­try of­fi­cial said re­quest­ing anonymity that pilot and cabin crew short­age at IndiGo led to flight dis­rup­tions.

MINT

Op­er­a­tions of other air­lines were not dis­rupted as much as that of IndiGo dur­ing Fe­bru­ary 8-10.

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