DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan said, "The notice has been issued to IndiGo under these rules as it is operating lesser number of flights than what they agreed to in the Winter Schedule."
As per the rule, an airline has to obtain DGCA's concurrence before discontinuing a flight or starting a new route at least a week before taking such a step.
However, DGCA also issued show-cause notice to Kingfisher which had cancelled over 90 flights in last three days causing chaos in several airports. Passengers complained that they were not intimated by the Kingfisher officials and were left without any option but to buy flight tickets from other airlines after paying a premium of up to 20 per cent.
Meanwhile, more than 100 Kingfisher pilots on Thursday, Nov 10 resigned stating that they have not received their salaries yet. However, Kingfisher Chief, Vijay Mallya tried to clarify the cloud while stating, "Decision to reschedule and cancel flights was taken to cut losses. We are only ensuring loss minimization by flight rationalization and enhanced revenue through reconfiguration."
According to sources, Kingfisher airlines is currently running in loss with a debt of over Rs 7057 crore. Here it also can be recalled that recently, the airlines had also experienced a disruption in the flight operations after the state-run oil marketer HPCL temporarily stopped fuel supplies to Kingfisher.
Recently, the pilots of Air India had once again threatened to resume their strike. Showing their protest against the authorities, the pilots claimed that they have been shown discrimination once again. The enraged pilots accused the authorities of not having any career progression plan.