Monday, September 05, 2016

Air India passengers worst hit by snag in July

New Delhi: Air India passengers were the worst hit in the country in July by delays of more than two hours owing to technical reasons, the biggest issue hampering the performance of the national carrier that officials and experts said can be addressed effectively only once older aircraft are replaced.

As per data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, about 33,590 domestic passengers of Air India were impacted during the month.
In contrast, about 19,116 passengers of IndiGo were impacted, even as Indi-Go has the highest market share of about 39.8 per cent in the domestic sector while Air India has a 14.8 per cent share.
In July, Air India flights were delayed as many as 55 times due to technical glitches. The airline recorded 17 delays due to technical reasons in the first two weeks of August.
"Delays due to technical reasons are increasingly becoming a concern for the airline. Air India is facing numerous technical delays despite arranging a $300 million loan last year for the engineering subsidiary to ensure spares for the aircraft," said a senior Air India official, who did not want to be identified.
05/09/16 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times
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