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The budget carrier operates more than 1,600 flights - domestic and international - on a daily basis, more than half of which were delayed on Saturday. Image Credit: Reuters file

Dubai: IndiGo airline’s operations were affected countrywide with several of its flights facing delays due to the non-availability of crew members, reports from New Delhi said.

A data by Union Aviation Ministry showed only 45 per cent of IndiGo flights were able to operate on time on Saturday.

A significant number of crew members took sick leave and went for Air India’s recruitment drive, reported Press Trust of India. “The phase-2 of Air India’s recruitment drive was conducted on Saturday and majority of IndiGo’s cabin crew members who took sick leave went for it,” an industry official told the news agency.

The aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA, has sought an explanation from the airline over the massive delays.

“Directorate General of Civil Aviation has taken strong cognizance against IndiGo and sought a clarification/ explanation behind the massive flight delays nationwide,” a DGCA official told news agency ANI.

The budget carrier operates more than 1,600 flights - domestic and international - on a daily basis, more than half of which were delayed on Saturday.