Ever wondered why different airlines flying the same kind of aircraft between two destinations have big variations in their flight duration? If you have, you are not the only one.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation or the DGCA has lately been asking the same question. It has been left pondering over the difference in flight durations, sometimes as high as 40 minutes, on key routes.
The air safety regulator has now initiated an inquiry to know what exactly makes one flight reach a destination far quicker than others flying on the same route.
The DGCA, on orders from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, has called a meeting of all airlines informally, seeking reasons for such differences in flight duration.
Hoping to get some answers, The Indian Express sent email queries to Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir on December 10, 2012 and again on January 1. However, Jet, SpiceJet and GoAir did not reply to the emails, while a spokesperson of IndiGo responded with a ‘no comment’.
13/01/13 Mihir Mishra/Indian Express