Chaos in the Indian airline operations was seen last week as several flights got delayed due to Air India’s recruitment process. As per the news agencies report, Tata-owned Air India is on a hiring spree and therefore had scheduled interviews for Saturday (July 2).
50% of flights on IndiGo were postponed
Now what arrived next was shocking as more than 50% of flights on IndiGo were postponed. Several crew members and staff of IndiGo reported sick so that they could attend interviews at Air India Ltd, as per reports
Air India’s recruitment process was scheduled for Saturday
An industry source said to the news agency that Air India’s second phase interview was scheduled for Saturday (July 2) and coincidentally most of the crew members and staff of IndiGo had gone on leave that day. Due to this, more than 900 flights of IndiGo got postponed across the country.
“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 moved to join the recruitment process of Air India after taking leave in the name of the infection.
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Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Now, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought clarification/ explanation from IndiGo over massive flight delays nationwide.
- “Hey @IndiGo6E my DEL to JLR flight 6E5002 is delayed for 2 hours. I will be requiring compensation for the delay. Please arrange for the same”.
IndiGo in answer wrote, “Sir, it was never our intention to disrupt your trip plans. As checked, due to operational reasons, there has been a delay and the revised time of departure is 1530 hours. We try not to make any changes in our schedule, however, the same is uncontrollable”.
Air India declared the hiring of cabin crew
Air India declared the hiring of cabin crew on June 28 and July 1 in Delhi and Mumbai. “Attention Delhi and Mumbai, we are hiring cabin crew candidates are asked to kindly carry a copy of SEP cards,” Tata had declared on social media.
The walk-in-interview for the cabin crew in Bengaluru is scheduled by Tata’s Air India on July 7. However, an official from Air India said to the news agency that they never conducted an interview on Saturday.
As per the Ministry of Civil aviation (MoCA) data, only 45% of IndiGo flights were capable to work on-time performance (OTP) within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time on Saturday.
Separately, two new airlines Akasa and Jet Airways (2.0) are in the process of beginning their operations in a few months and they have also declared the hiring of pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff.
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