IndiGo, India’s low-cost-carrier, has already cancelled around 175 flights so far has announced a curtailed schedule for February and March, with about 30 flights cancellations planned per day.
“Going forward, IndiGo has decided to curtail its flight schedule for the remaining period of February by approximately 30 flights a day. As a proactive measure IndiGo has decided to continue its curtailment until the end of March,” the airline said in a statement.
The cancellations, which will hit over 2.3 lakh, started last week and is the worst ever operation disruptions that the 12-year old carrier has ever faced.
“These 30 flights represent 2 per cent of Indigo flights,” said the airine.
The airline had cancelled 40 flights on Saturday, 35 on Sunday and 32 on Monday. On Wednesday flights to and from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata and accounted for nearly half of all cancellations. Mumbai cancellations included 6E 236 to Bengaluru,6E 3834 to Chennai and in the arrival category, 6E 831 from Guwahati, 6E 654 from Chennai and 6E 318 from Kolkata.
The cancellations ran into the fifth straight day after IndiGo announced on February 9 that the hailstorm in northern India had disrupted its flight schedule.
While the airline maintains that the cancellations are due to it adjusting flight schedules as a result of a hailstorm in parts of north India on Friday last week which led to diversion of several flights, industry sources said the carrier is facing shortage of crew as it has expanded rapidly.
The airline blamed factors like anticipated weather conditions for February 14 and Notams (Notice to Airmen) for cancellations. “This has resulted in extended duty times which then made it necessary to re-roster our crew and optimise our operations,” it said.