A large number of Mumbai-bound flights continued to be delayed (delayed for more than 20% of the times they were operated) in July, but the number of frequently delayed departures dipped during last month.
According to the data released by the civil aviation ministry on Tuesday, 192 city-bound flights were delayed more than five times that they operated last month. In June, the number of frequent late arrivals was 194.
Flights frequently taking off behind schedule from the city dropped from 153 in June to 138 in July (see box for details).
In April, the civil aviation ministry had asked the Mumbai airport operator to draw up a list of frequently delayed flights so that air travellers could avoid them.
Ministry officials said that arrival delays have been high because a significant number of city-bound flights have been reaching the airport before their scheduled arrival time. The menace has been rampant during evening peak hours of 9.15pm to 11.15pm.
“Disruption of the schedule by some flights that reached Mumbai before time has lead to a consistent increase in arrival delays,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official requesting anonymity.
The airlines operating these flights could lose the permission to operate them in the forthcoming winter schedule, from October 2011 to March 2012.
Jet Airways operated the maximum number of late arrivals for the second consecutive month with 55 of its city-bound flights featuring in the list.
The national carrier Air India operated the highest number of flights that were regularly delayed in taking off from the Mumbai airport in July.