Several IndiGo flights delayed due to lack of crew members; DGCA seeks report from airline – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of IndiGo flights were delayed on Saturday (July 2) due to sudden shortage of cabin crew. Data from the Union Aviation Ministry shows that only 45% of IndiGo flights were operated on time (within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time) on Saturday. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought a report from the airline – that over the years has built up a reputation for punctuality – on the sudden, sharp decline.

Source: Website of Ministry of Aviation
Comments from IndiGo have been sought and are awaited.
In the past few months, crew discontent has been brewing among IndiGo over the ongoing pandemic wage cuts. To be sure, the post-Omicron revival in domestic traffic has been sharply impacted by rising fuel prices that have forced airlines to increase airfares.
On July 2, 2022, several IndiGo flights were delayed while waiting for the cabin crew. Data from the ministry shows that 2,591 domestic and 46 international flights operated on Saturday. Timely performance of various airlines on Saturday was: AirAsia India 98.3%, GoFirst 88%, Vistara 86.3%, SpiceJet 80.4% and Air India 77.1%. IndiGo was at a low of 45.2%, possibly its worst figure ever.
“A large number of cabin crew members were on leave. It almost saw mass holiday OTP Drowning,” the sources said.