With airlines losing almost Rs 10 crore every year due to bird hits, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has revised the existing bird hit incident reporting form and asked airlines to report losses they face due to these incidents.
From December 10, the pilots of these airlines will need to fill a new reporting form in which a new section called 'financial loss information' has been added.
"Last year domestic carriers faced a nearly Rs 10 crore-loss due to bird hits although we do not have a proper procedure to calculate such losses. Now we have divided financial loss information into three categories - the amount of time the aircraft was out of service, the estimated cost of repair or replacement and, estimated other costs. With this, we are hoping to make reporting procedure more effective and elaborate," a DGCA officer requesting anonymity said.
Airlines have welcomed this move but they are more concerned about the compensation. "We are happy they have included the time aircraft are grounded. But what we want is that the airport operator should compensate us as it is their responsibility to prevent bird hits," a senior officer of Kingfisher said.
DGCA has also asked the airlines to report both confirmed and unconfirmed bird strikes. "If there is evidence in the form of damage or any bird found dead on the airfield, only then will it be considered a confirmed bird strike," the DGCA officer added.
In 2010, according DGCA figures, Spicejet had sufferred a loss of Rs 5.57 crore while loss of Jet Airways ran into losses of Rs 8.91 lakhs due to bird hits. Indigo suffered a loss of Rs 87 lakh while Go Air recorded a loss of Rs 45.6 lakh.
The IGI Airport has witnessed 67 incidents of bird hit every year since 2008. Apart from Delhi, other airports where bird hits are a big menace include Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bhubaneshwar.