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India’s largest domestic carrier told country’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, it had cancelled 49 flights on Wednesday

New Delhi: Citing bad weather and the need to adjust crew rosters, budget carrier IndiaGo Airlines announced a plan to cut approximately 30 flights per day till March 31. Cancelling flights for a seventh days in a row, India’s largest domestic carrier told the country’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, it had cancelled 49 flights on Wednesday. When asked if IndiGo was faced with a shortage of pilots that caused the cancellations, an airline source said that it was trying to optimise crew utilisation.

Cancelling flights due to bad weather!

IndiGo cancelled the flights as a precautionary measure as it experienced bad weather, the airline said in a statement.

“Going forward, IndiGo has decided to curtail its schedule for the remaining period of February by approximately 30 flights a day. As a proactive measure, IndiGo has decided to continue its curtailment until the end of March,” the airline said.

“Operations will be back to normal in summer”

The airline cited weather-related disruptions and runway repair work at the Bengaluru and Mumbai airports for the cancellations of its flights until next month. However, operations will only be back to normal when the summer schedule starts from March 31. The budget carrier also had to cancel flights since February 7.

“Going forward, IndiGo has decided to curtail its schedule for the remaining period of February by approximately 30 flights a day. As a proactive measure, IndiGo has decided to continue its curtailment until the end of March,”

Flights travelling to/from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata accounted for about half the cancellations on Wednesday.

China operations

IndiGo will also mount as many as 14 flights this year to begin operations to China, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer Willy Boulter said.

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