Friday, January 06, 2017

DGCA detects flaws in 'on time' monitoring of airlines, sets up panel

Domestic flyers will now have to wait till March to know how punctual airlines really are before making correct choices based on this consideration. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) publishes on time performance (OTP) of airlines based on their domestic flights from four metros every month. But it has now discovered that the data collection for determining this may not have been correct and DGCA chief B S Bhullar has formed a panel to go into this issue.
"In view of some discrepancy observed in computation of OTP data, DGCA has constituted a committee to look into the matter as so as ensure the correctness by end of February. In the meantime, OTP data for December, 2016, will be published as per practice," said Bhullar. This means that correct OTP data of airlines can be expected only from March or April at the earliest.
The issue of OTP has been a hotly contested one between airlines on one hand and airlines and airports on the other in recent times. The monthly data given by DGCA has become an important deciding factor when it comes to people choosing an airline based on its punctuality.
Less than a fortnight back, low cost carrier IndiGo had complained of irregularities in OTP calculation at Mumbai Airport and had sought a probe into the data collection at that airport and other places too. IndiGo had accused Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) of monitoring OTP in a way that shows some "competing airlines" as more punctual than they may be in reality.
05/01/17 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India