About 330 flights taking off and landing in Mumbai were frequently delayed (delayed on more than 20% of the times they were operated) in October, according to data released by the civil aviation ministry report on Tuesday.
According to the civil aviation ministry’s list of most delayed flights, 179 city-bound flights and 147 flights taking-off from Mumbai were delayed.
In April, the civil aviation ministry had asked the Mumbai airport operator to draw a list of flights repeatedly missing their schedule so that air passengers can avoid such flights. However, six months on, the number of such flights are still high. Between April and October, their numbers fell only in the month of May. “We have called a meeting of all the stakeholders next week to discuss the problem,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official requesting anonymity. Airlines blamed “reactionary delays” for the problem. Reactionary delays comprise system errors while checking-in passengers and waiting from crew arriving from another flight.
“With the forthcoming fog season we don’t expect such delays to go down soon,” said a operations department official with a private airline requesting anonymity.