Wednesday, May 01, 2019

SpiceJet flights’ frequent delay baffles passengers

Pune: SpiceJet flights’ delay spree continued on Tuesday, leaving passengers heading to Kolkata, Kochi and Delhi stranded at the city airport between three and four-and-a-half hours.
The carrier’s early morning flight (SG 8937) to Delhi was delayed by four-and-a-half hours. So was its flight (SG 8185) to Kochi. The airline’s Kolkata flight (SG 275), flying late for almost a week now, was delayed yet again on Tuesday by close to three hours. The airline’s Pune-Delhi flight (SG 8184), scheduled to depart at 4pm, was also delayed by four hours.

The airline’s Pune-Dubai flight, scheduled to depart at 8pm on Sunday, took off at 10.30am on Monday. The same flight was delayed by seven hours again on Monday.

A spokesperson of the airline said, “The grounding of our B737 Max fleet and another aircraft (after it overshot the runway on Monday) in Shirdi has impacted certain flight rotations. SpiceJet apologizes for the inconvenience caused to passengers.”

According to the data provided by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a total of 16 aircraft of SpiceJet are presently grounded.

A source in the airline said the flyers’ hassles would persist till the carrier got the new aircraft. The ordered planes would arrive only by June, he added.

SpiceJet announced the induction of close to 21 new aircraft of different makes, including Boeing 737-800 NG and Turboprop Bombardier Q400s.
01/05/19 Joy Sengupta/Times of India