IndiGo cancels several flights on the weekend, and on Mondays disturbances are expected

MUMBAI: Low cost carrier IndiGo cancelled a number of flights across the country, especially those operated out of stations like Hyderabad, Chennai, Jaipur on Saturday and Sunday. Over 30 flights are likely to be cancelled on Monday too from these airports.

Passengers booked to fly IndiGo on Monday could confirm their flight status before leaving for the airport. At least eight flights out of Chennai, six out of Hyderabad and three from Jaipur were among the several cancelled, some on Sunday, and others over the weekend.

Sources attributed the problem to operational reasons and crew shortage. "Pilots cannot be rostered to fly over 1000 hours in a year. A number of IndiGo pilots have reached the limit and so they have to wait it out, before these crew can be rostered again," said a source, pointing to one of the reasons for the delay.

However IndiGo spokesperson said it was a result of poor weather over the past few days. "Due to a severe hailstorm in North India on Friday, 11 IndiGo flights were diverted. Consequently, this disrupted operations across our network the following day. As part of recovering our schedule, positioning of the crew and aircraft had to be readjusted. As a result, a number of flights were cancelled," said the airline in a statement.

Passengers took to social media to vent ire. Poorva Mahara tweeted, "Indigo flights are messed up currently. Students have been waiting for now. No answers have been provided for the delay."