IndiGo may can­cel more than 30 flights across coun­try to­day over ‘crew short­age’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Mum­bai: Low-cost car­rier IndiGo can­celled a num­ber of flights across the coun­try, es­pe­cially those op­er­at­ing out of Hy­der­abad, Chen­nai and Jaipur on Satur­day and Sun­day. Over 30 flights are likely to be can­celled on Mon­day as well from these air­ports. Sources at­trib­uted the prob­lem to op­er­a­tional rea­sons and crew short­age. “Pi­lots can­not be ros­tered to fly over 1,000 hours in a year. A num­ber of IndiGo pi­lots have reached the limit and so they have to wait it out be­fore these crew can be ros­tered again,” said a source. How­ever, an IndiGo spokesper­son said the flights were can­celled be­cause of poor weather. “Due to a se­vere hail­storm in North In­dia on Fri­day, 11 IndiGo flights were di­verted. Con­se­quently, this dis­rupted op­er­a­tions across our net­work the fol­low­ing day. 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,” said the air­line in a state­ment. At least eight flights out of Chen­nai, six out of Hy­der­abad and three from Jaipur were among those can­celled over the week­end.

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