According to data published by the civil aviation regulator, after the state-owned carrier was obtained by the Tata group, Air India enhanced its on-time efficiency in the four metro airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad by as much as 28% in the first three months of this year.
According to data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, an average of 71.5 % of Air India flights arrived on time in the four metro airports between October and December 2021, improving to an average of 91.3 % between January and March.
“On time performance is a key parameter for all airlines,” stated by Jitender Bhargava, former executive director of Air India. “It’s heartening to see that after Tata acquired control of Air India, on-time performance has witnessed significant improvement. This was only to be expected.”
“Our on-time performance last month was 91.2% , significantly higher than in the previous few years,” an anonymous airline official said. “It has always been Air India’s endeavour to operate flights on time and we are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that Air India continues doing so.”
According to data, Air India's average timely flights at metro airports were 92.9 % in January, 89.8 % in February, and 91.2 % in March. This was a significant improvement over the previous three months, when they were 75.1 % in October, 67.9% in November, and 71.7 % in December.
Last month, Air India beat SpiceJet to the fifth best on-time performance rating among metro airports. In October, it was at the bottom of the league table, and only crept up a notch in November and December. There are seven carriers in the ranking table.