Panel to review cabin crew duty norms

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Mumbai | Updated: July 3, 2015 1:17:20 AM

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has set up a high-level committee, comprising senior officials of the regulatory body...

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has set up a high-level committee, comprising senior officials of the regulatory body and other experts, to review the duty and rest period norms for cabin crew members.

A DGCA source told FE that the agency is looking to formulate fresh and comprehensive rules on these norms after it received a number of complaints about airlines allegedly violating the flight duty time limitation (FDTL) norms for cabin crew.

“A high-level committee has been formed to review and formulate norms regarding the cabin crew rest and duty period after the agency received complaints that some airlines are ignoring FDTL rules and operating flights with cabin crew even during the mandated rest period,” the person said.

However, the timeframe during which the committee is expected to come out with its report is not yet clear.

The government carrier, Air India, had in May suspended 17 of its cabin crew members, including some senior air hostesses, pending enquiry, for delaying several of the carrier’s international flights citing “inadequate” rest period, news agencies had reported on May.

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