Thursday, February 25, 2016

City airport records delay of whopping 2 flights in a week

A day after a Mumbai-bound flight made an emergency landing at the city airport, a Chennai- bound flight of the same airline was delayed by 10 hours in the early hours of Wednesday. With this, the number of delayed departures from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, between February 18 and 24 touched a whopping 32. As per airport authorities, while the reasons for delay of the 32 flights differed as did the number of hours delayed, the number of hours delayed ranged between two hours to five hours from February 18 to 22. The airline companies who marked delayed departures included Indigo (11 flights), Spice Jet (10 flights delayed, 1cancelled), Jet Airways (2 flights), Air India (2 flights) and one Air Costa flight.

The time record, however, was broken after the cancellation of a SpiceJet flight on Tuesday morning due to a technical glitch as reported by the pilot. This was followed by a whopping 10-hour delay of a Chennai-bound flight on Wednesday morning. Replying to Mirror's query, Spice- Jet justified the delays, stating, "Flight SG-616 Ahmedabad-Mumbai had a technical issue soon after it was airborne. Keeping in view the safety of passengers on board, the pilot decided to return to bay as a pre-emptive measure. The technical issue was addressed immediately to ensure the aircraft was serviceable by evening. A replacement aircraft was put in service to cater to other flights out of Ahmedabad. Hence the flights which were delayed this (Wednesday) morning were due to the cascading effect of the above arrangement. The airline would return to schedule by this (Wednesday) evening."
25/02/16 Alok Brahmadatt/Ahmedabad Mirror
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