Troubled Air India recorded the highest number of cancellations amongst all domestic carriers in May, official data said on Monday.
Data released by the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), showed that the airline cancelled 3.2% of all its domestic flights in May. The airline had cancelled 5.2% of all its domestic flights in April 2012.
This has come as a surprise to many as the airline is not facing any labour problem in the domestic sector. However, the current pilots’ strike faced by the carrier in its international operations is being blamed for the adverse impact on its performance in the domestic circuit in May.
Senior Air India officials declined to comment on the data.
Low-cost carriers IndiGo and Go Air had the least number of flight cancellations at 0.1% and 0.5%, respectively.
The passenger load factor of the Air India was even worse than that of cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines.
The flag carrier’s passenger load factor stood at 70.6%, while that of Kingfisher Airlines stood at 73.3%. The highest passenger load factor was obtained by IndiGo at 86.3% in the period under review.
Air India also had the worst on time performance of all the six scheduled operators at 78%. In comparison, then on time performance of IndiGo stood at 91.5%, Go Air at 88.6% and Jet Airways and JetLite at 85.6%.
Even Kingfisher Airlines had an on time performance of 80.2% in the period under review.