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Monday, 12 February 2018

Smog pollution: Over 66% of flights cancelled in December due to bad weather

A total of 66.8% of flights were cancelled in December, reason being bad weather.

The month of December began with some unpredictable weather patterns. Storm and rain were witnessed along the west coast of India on account of Cyclone Ockhi.

India also witnessed a rise in the smog pollution during the month of December. This may have led to higher flight cancellations during the month, a report by DGCA pointed out on Tuesday.

In the midst of tourist and festive season domestic airlines carried 1.12 crore passengers.

The total number of passengers impacted on account of flight cancellations amounted to 18,366, as per DGCA data. Airlines paid a cumulative sum of Rs 63.43 lakh as compensation for hotel rooms and rescheduling flights to these passengers.
Sizeable number of delays were also witnessed by the airlines. The reason cited for this was ‘reactionary,’ which simply implied as late arrival of aircraft from another flight or previous sector.Reactionary reasons also includes passenger or load connection, awaiting load or passengers from another flight, protection of stranded passengers onto a new flight, check-in error, aircraft rotation, cabin crew rotation, operations control, rerouting, diversion, consolidation, aircraft change for reasons other than technical, industrial action within own airline and industrial action outside own airline.
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