India’s biggest airline IndiGo continues fight cancellation on Friday.
According to a report, the Gurugram-based airline has cancelled around 130 frights on Friday as the shortage of pilots along with NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen) at some airports continue.
According to the source, the cancelation of flights accounts for almost 10% of the airline’s operations. Worth mentioning here is that IndiGo operates over 1,300 flights per day with a fleet of 210 planes.
The budget-carrier has been cancelling flights since last Saturday after rain and hailstorm hit northern parts of the country.
On Thursday, IndiGo cancelled as many as 70 flights, citing reasons like planned cancellation and partial closure of the Bengaluru airport due to the Air Show.
“All these flights were cancelled with one-to-two days prior notice in order to re-accommodate passengers on flights at a similar time as booked. The cancellations on Feb 13th were caused by several factors like anticipated weather conditions on the 14th Feb and NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen) at various airports” said the airline.
According to an earlier report, India’s biggest airline IndiGo is facing a shortage of pilots as most of its pilots have breached 1,000 flying hours in a year limit. “No pilot can fly more than 1,000 hours in a year and the airline is facing a shortage because a lot of IndiGo pilots have breached that limit.”
Further, the airline said it has decided to curtail its schedule for the remaining period of this month by “approximately 30 flights a day”.
Flyers can know the status of their flights by sending an SMS ST as DDMM, e.g. for flight 6E-333 for Feb 15, send ST 333 1502 to 566772. Cancelled flight status can also be known from Indigo Airlines. To check the flight status, enter your flight number, PNR number.
Worth mentioning here is that IndiGo has not listed out the flights cancelled every day. IndiGo website says “if your flight is cancelled, you will be informed via SMS, phone and e-mail.”