Friday, January 06, 2017

DGCA Sets up Panel To Review OTP Procedure as IndiGo Questions Data

Civil aviation regulator DDirectorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has set up a panel to look into the procedure of computing of the On-Time Performance (OTP) data of domestic carriers by the airports following Gurgaon-based carrier IndiGo questioning its accuracy.
Till recently, OTP was one of the USPs and a major contributing factor in IndiGo's growth.
However, it recorded its lowest OTP, at a poor 72.4 percent from four metro airports, in more than two years in November 2016. This led the airline questioning the data collection system, particularly at Mumbai airport, which is in place for many years now.
"The DGCA has set up a panel last week which would look into the issue of both OTP and block time of airlines to ensure accuracy of data collected and filed to the regulator by the airport operators," sources said.
OTP of an airline is measured from the time an aircraft gets detached from an aerobridge or step ladder for the push back at the departing airport to the time it gets attached to an aerobridge or step ladder at the arriving airport.
Block time or block hours refer to the span of time from the switching on of the aircraft's engines to its switching off.
At present Directorate General of Civil Aviation publishes monthly on time performance of domestic airlines from four metro airports--Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad-- through Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS).
05/01/17 PTI/News18