Indigo flight cancellations: ‘Mismatch’ in pilot arrival led to crisis, says airline COO

Clearing air on its worst ever crisis that has forced market leader IndiGo to cancel at least 30 flights per day till March end, the company’s top executive, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, COO, told FE that the reason for flight cancelations is a slight ‘mismatch’ in the number of the expat pilots the company hoped to add but wasn’t able to do so due to varied reasons as inducting expat pilots is a prolonged process. He assured that the flight operations would be restored to normalcy from April.

“We had planned an induction of 120 expats, of these 20 have already joined and the remaining will join the airline by June,” he said. Not clarifying the delay in inducting these pilots, the airline said, “Inducting expats is a prolonged process, there is no specific reason attributable to a slightly longer process than anticipated. The process also includes regulatory authorities abroad.” Read More

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