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India's Vistara airline cancellations surge

 A Vistara aircraft
A Vistara aircraft

Bengaluru - India's civil aviation ministry said on Tuesday it was monitoring a surge in flight cancellations by Vistara as the airline grapples with a shortage of pilots, while the aviation regulator has sought daily information on flight disruptions.

Vistara operates daily flights between Muscat and Mumbai.

Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan will be meeting pilots working with the airline on Wednesday, besides representatives of the top management and human resources team.

The airline has said that it has faced a "significant number" of flight cancellations and delays "due to various reasons including crew unavailability".

Vistara, owned by the Tata group and Singapore Airlines, canceled over 50 flights on Monday, with around 160 delayed, news channel NDTV reported.

It canceled up to 70 flights on Tuesday, according to local media reports.

The airline operates more than 300 flights a day, according to its website.

Airlines have to comply with the norms of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Indian aviation regulator, to ensure passenger facilitation in case of cancellations or delays of flights, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a post on X. The DGCA has asked the airline to submit daily information and details on flights that are being canceled and delayed. Vistara did not comment when asked for details on flight disruptions.

The airline had said on Monday that it was forced to cut several flights due to the pilot shortage and was using some of its larger aircraft to "accommodate more passengers."

An increasing number of Vistara pilots have reported sick, protesting a revised salary structure ahead of the full-service carrier's merger with Tata-owned Air India, as per local media.

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