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IndiGo cancels flights due to pilot shortage

The airline blamed the shortage of pilots on the hailstorm that had hit parts of northern India on Friday.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Feb 11, 2019, 11.06 AM IST
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The airline did not disclose how many flights were cancelled.
Budget carrier Indigo has cancelled more than 50 flights, in the past two days, from various airports across the country owing to a shortage of pilots, especially captains. Flight cancellations are set to continue on Monday, when the airline is likely to cancel about 30 flights, said people aware of the matter. Indigo, the biggest domestic airline by number of passengers flown, operates more than 1,000 flights a day.

The airline blamed the shortage of pilots on the hailstorm that had hit parts of northern India on Friday. “Due to a severe hailstorm in north India on Friday, February 7, 2019, 11 IndiGo flights were diverted,” Indigo said in a statement on Sunday. “Consequently, this disrupted operations across our network the following day. As part of recovering our schedule, 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.”

Although the airline did not disclose how many flights were cancelled, the people cited earlier said that more than 50 flights had been cancelled from airports including those in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur and Pune.

“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,” one person said on condition of anonymity. “This shortage is set to continue for some time.”
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