IndiGo cancels around 130 flights for today

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Low-cost carrier IndiGo airlines has cancelled around 130 flights scheduled for today in view of shortage of pilots along with NOTAMs at some airports.

The cancelled flights account for almost 10 per cent of the airlines operations, sources said.

An Indigo spokesperson, however, said the airline has not cancelled any additional flights other than the scheduled cancellations.

The Gurugram-based budget carrier operates over 1,300 flights per day with a fleet of 210 planes.

The airline has not pulled out any additional flights other than the scheduled cancellations but refused to issue a statement.

A query sent to IndiGo spokesperson and also to its chief operating officer Wolfgang Prock-Shauer remained unanswered.

The airline, which controls more than 40 percent of the domestic market in India, scrapped as many as 49 flights on Wednesday, and said, it will cancel 30 flights a day until the end of the month. Those disruptions will continue through March, as the airline adjusts its crew rosters, sources said.

The budget carrier has been cancelling flights since last Saturday after rain and hailstorm hit the Delhi-NCR region last week.

On Thursday it did not operate as many as 70 flights, citing reasons like planned cancellations and partial closure of the Bengaluru airport due to the Air Show.

“As stated earlier, the anticipated cancellations are 30 flights per day. The operations will be completely normalised by the start of the summer schedule from March 31.

“Additionally, a NOTAM in Bangalore started effective today (February 14), which caused additional 40 flight cancellations, rescheduling for which had been completed a month back and passengers were informed and reaccomodated accordingly,” the airline said in its earlier statement.

It had cancelled 49 flights on Wednesday as well.

“The cancellations on February 13 were caused by several factors like anticipated weather conditions on February 14 and NOTAMS at various airports. This resulted in extended duty times which then made it necessary to re-roster our crew and optimise our operations,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Further, the airline said it has decided to curtail its schedule for the remaining period of this month by “approximately 30 flights a day”.

“This is in order to stabilise its operation and adjust crew rosters due to the reasons mentioned above. Passengers are in the process of being informed and re-accommodated,” the carrier had said.