Indigo flights delayed by mass sick leave on Air India hiring day
Amid all the reshuffling of the Indian aviation industry since the acquisition of Air India by Tata Sons the industry has suffered several setbacks which range from price hike to flight delays. The matter worsened to the point where 55% of the Indigo flights got delayed on the recruitment drive day of Air India.
According to reports, on Saturday, about 900 Indigo flights were delayed as crew members sought mass sick leave, which also happened to be the day on which Air India conducted mass interviews.
Data from the Ministry of Civil Aviation revealed, "More than half of IndiGo flights were delayed on Saturday after a large number of inflight crew were reported sick. As a result, around 55 per cent of the total flights operated by the country’s largest airline were impacted on July 2.”
According to a Business Standard report, on Monday, the shares of the InterGlobe Aviation -- parent firm of IndiGo -- fell by 3.7%. At 10:00 AM, shares of the airline were down 2.4 per cent at Rs 1,610 per share as against a 0.26 per cent dip in the BSE Sensex. Peer firm SpiceJet's shares were lower by 1.5 per cent.
Following this, DGCA told news agency ANI, "strong cognizance against IndiGo and (has) ought a clarification/ explanation behind the massive flight delays nationwide.”