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Fog lands IA Rs 2 crore loss

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) Flight delays and cancellations this winter has proved costly for Indian Airlines.

The domestic carrier lost nearly Rs 2 crore from delays and cancellations across the country, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel today said.

The estimated loss of revenue suffered by the airline is Rs 1.83 crore, Mr Patel told the Lok Sabha.

No-frills carrier Air Deccan suffered the highest delays and cancellations due to fog this season. As many as 805 of its flights were delayed, diverted or cancelled, the Minister said.

Deccan was followed by Indian Airlines at 351, Jet Airlines (227), SpiceJet (72), Sahara Airlines (64), Kingfisher Airlines (43) and Go Air (6).

According to Mr Patel, only flights of airlines whose pilots are not trained on CAT-IIIB operations and aircraft which are not equipped with CAT-IIIB avionics on board were affected.

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