Smog pollution: Over 66% of flights cancelled in December due to bad weather
Bad weather stemmed as the main reason for flight cancellations in the last month of the year.
- 1.12 crore travelled by domestic airlines in December.
- Over two lakh passengers were delayed due to flight operations.
- Over 18,000 passengers were impacted due to flight cancellations.
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.
Over two lakh passengers (2,41,117) were delayed by airline operations in December, DGCA data revealed.
As compensation they received Rs 1.84 crore from the airlines cumulatively.
The smog in the national capital was so dense that a game between India and Sri Lanka was also interrupted in the first week of December, 2017. New Delhi’s air contained 22 times the level of hazardous particles that the World Health Organization considered acceptable.
The pollutant-measuring indicator — air quality index (AQI) — was recorded at 240 (poor) by mid-December, 2017.
Passenger load factor by airlines was almost the same as the previous month of November.
While in market share, IndiGo ranked first with 39.6%, then followed Jet Airways with 15.4% market share and Air India with 13.3% share.
(All charts sourced from DGCA air traffic report December, 2017.)