Minister of State for Civil Aviation Shri Jayant Sinha has informed that the DGCA has issued Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), which specify the requirements of Flight Duty and Flight Time Limitation (FDTL) for cabin crew. The existing CAR has been reviewed and the revised CAR will be effective from 1st September, 2016. Revised CAR lays down the provision for extension of FDTL of cabin crew under unforeseen operational circumstances.
The security system at airports in India is also reviewed from time to time and upgraded as per requirements with involvement of all security agencies and stakeholders, depending upon threat perceptions.Some of the steps taken to strengthen security arrangements include time bound deployment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at major airports, deployment of Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) at major airports and regular monitoring of security arrangements through inspections and dummy checks.
The Following measures have been taken to improve the punctuality/on time performance:
(i) Initiatives have been taken to increase the availability of resources in terms of crew and aircraft thereby improving the on time performance. Extra efforts are made to ensure passenger connection.
(ii) To ensure better on time performance, a meeting is conducted by Air India every day wherein Heads of Verticals as well as regional Heads discuss the previous day operation and take corrective steps based on the review.
(iii) Block times of flights have been revised to factor in congestion at airports and airspace, so that en-route delays are minimized.
(iv) Regular meetings are held with other stakeholders like ground handlers and airports operator to minimize delays.