India’s aviation regulator has sought from Jet Airways details of the cancelled, delayed flights after the airline cancelled 50-odd flights on Tuesday and Wednesday due to shortage of flight crew.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also asked the airline to provide details of pilots who are ‘habitually’ reporting sick.
“We have asked Jet Airways to provide us details of the flights it cancelled on November 1 and November 2. It has been asked to provide the number of flights it cancelled as well as the number of pilots who reported sick,” a senior DGCA official said on Friday.
The flights were cancelled after a section of its pilots chose not to turn up for work in protest against the airline’s new crew rostering management system. The regulator has also asked the list of those pilots who refuse to turn up for work and keep passengers waiting inside the aircraft for reasons other than ‘being sick’.
Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan had last week hit out at the airline after his flight to Chennai from Mumbai was allegedly delayed due to non-availability of flight crew.
“Flying to Chennai. Baggage, check. Board flight on time, check. Seat belt fastened, check. Only thing we need now are our pilots!!...Well done Jet Airways!!! Entire plane boarded without any pilots on board. Still waiting and hoping...,” he had said in a series of tweets over the nearly one-and-a-half- hour delay.
The full service carrier is second largest airline in terms of number of domestic operations after no-frills IndiGo, operating more than 600 domestic and international flights every day.
The airline at present has around 1,200 pilots to operate its fleet of 117 aircraft comprising Boeing 777s, B737s, Airbus A330s and ATRs. Almost two-thirds of its fleet consist of B737s.
As part of the winter schedule, which became effective from late last month, Jet Airways would operate 3,010 flights per week while its subsidiary JetLite 507 flights per week.