Frequent delays in flight departures at Mumbai
The On-Time Performance Report (OTP) data at Mumbai airport of February submitted to the aviation ministry provides interesting statistics. Out of a total 6,950 departures of flights of various airlines, 1,999 flights got delayed by more than 15 minutes.
The common reasons for the delay included crew shortage [crew did not report on time, no standby crew or awaiting crew from flight which has not yet landed], late catering and lack of spare parts, lack of planned standby aircraft etc. More than 250 flights were delayed due to, 'lack of staff to repair breakdown', 'late release of aircraft from the scheduled maintenance' etc. The Kingfisher tops the list in terms of numbers with 428 delays against 903 flight departures.