• Performance data row: Jet, SpiceJet to take on Indigo

    Airlines have got into a battle over on-time performance data, with SpiceJet and Jet Airways expected to fire the first salvo this week.

    Officials of both these airlines plan to meet the director-general of civil aviation on Tuesday to question the merit in IndiGo’s recent complaint about the veracity of on-time performance (OTP) data collected by the Mumbai airport. On-time performance is a measure of an airline’s ability to operate its flight schedule with punctuality. Airports monitor the arrival and departure time of each and every airline flight to deduce the OTP of each carrier and send a monthly data to the aviation regulator.

    No airlines had questioned the veracity of the data sent by airports till last month when IndiGo accused Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) of monitoring OTP in a way that shows some “competing airlines” as more punctual than they may be in reality . TOI had reported the issue on December 28, following which the the DGCA chief B S Bhullar had formed a panel to investigate IndiGo’s allegations. Last week, the panel found some discrepancies in the computation of OTP data, following which the DGCA constituted a committee to look into the matter and a publish fresh OTP data from March or April. Emmanuel Lamur Jersey

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