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As crew members queue up for job interviews, 900+ IndiGo flights delayed

The flights that were delayed were on Saturday and Sunday (July 2 and 3). According to industry sources, the IndiGo staff had gone for job interviews that were being conducted by Air India

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Hundreds of the largest airline in India, IndiGo Airlines’ flights were delayed at the end of last week because cabin crew and staff had all headed for job interviews. The flights that were delayed were on Saturday and Sunday (July 2 and 3). According to industry sources, the IndiGo staff had gone for job interviews that were being conducted by Air India.

“The second phase of Air India’s recruitment process was scheduled for Saturday and most of the cabin crew members of IndiGo who took leave had gone for it. This means that the crew members of IndiGo had gone to join the recruitment process of Air India after taking leave in the name of the illness. Due to this, more than 900 flights of IndiGo got delayed across the country,” industry sources were quoted saying.

Tata-owned Air India had announced the recruitment of cabin crew on June 28 and July 1 in Delhi and Mumbai. “Attention Delhi and Mumbai, we are hiring cabin crew candidates are requested to kindly carry a copy of SEP cards,” Tata had announced on social media.

The walk-in-interview for the cabin crew in Bengaluru has been scheduled by Air India on July 7.

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Aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought an explanation from IndiGo about the large-scale delays. “The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken strong cognisance of IndiGo operations and sought a clarification/explanation behind the massive flight delays nationwide,” DGCA officials were quoted by ANI.

As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) data, only 45 per cent of IndiGo flights were able to operate within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time on July 3. IndiGo currently operates around 1,600 domestic and international flights daily. It has around 277 aircraft in its fleet.

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Tirthankar Ghosh
Tirthankar Ghosh is a senior journalist and presently Managing Editor, Newsline Publications. He has also been writing for well over 15 years for the New York-based Air Cargo News Flying Typers.

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