Indigo, Budget airline, pilot shortage, fight cancelled, flights, India
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Budget airlines IndiGo on Monday cancelled at least 32 flights due to a shortage of pilots, a source said.
 
Around 75 flights were not operating over the weekend. The airline stated network disruption due to the bad weather as the reason for the disruption in services.
 
According to sources from the aviation industry, the low-cost airline cancelled flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

The airline released a statement and said, “Due to a severe hailstorm in North India on Friday, February 7, 2019, 11 IndiGo flights were diverted. Consequently, this disrupted operations across our network the following day. As part of recovering our schedule, the positioning of the crew and aircraft had to be readjusted. As a result, a number of flights were cancelled. We regret the inconvenience caused to our customers.”
 
Country’s largest air-service provider, IndiGo, has been expanding rapidly. However, the airline has not been able to manage the required number of pilots to operate the flights. With a fleet of over 200 aircraft, the airline operates more than 1,300 daily flights with around 3,000 pilots. 

“The airline is facing a shortage of commanders and pilots and this is forcing the airline to cancel flights from across stations,” said a source.

“As of now 32 flights from across the network have been cancelled for Monday by the carrier,” the source added.

Operations at the Delhi airport saw massive disruption on February 7 as a total of 36 flights were diverted due to severe rain and hailstorm in the national capital.

Most IndiGo pilots are flying over 100 hours on an average per month, with a minimum period of rest. The maximum flight duty time for a pilot in India is 125 hours per month, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

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