Bird-hit cases on rise; airlines suffer Rs 7cr loss
New Delhi: Airlines have suffered a loss
of around Rs seven crore, so far, this year due to bird-hit
cases in the country.
Till October, 241 bird-hit cases were reported, out of
which Kingfisher airlines suffered the most due to 60 such
incidents, followed by Jet Airways (49), SpiceJet (30), Indigo
(27), Air India (24) GoAir (7) and Paramount (1).
There have been about 34 instances of aircraft of
international airlines being hit by birds, figures released by
the Civil Aviation Ministry said today.
The airlines in India have suffered a financial loss
of Rs 6.98 crore this year because of such incidents.
Jet Airways suffered a loss of Rs 8.91 lakhs, Indigo
of Rs 87 lakhs, Spice Jet of Rs 5.57 crore and GoAir of
Rs 45.6 lakhs. The figures of losses from Air India and
Kingfisher were not available.
The National Bird Control Committee (NBCC), set up by
Ministry of Civil Aviation on the recommendation of
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), met under
the chairmanship of Civil Aviation secretary M M Nambiar and
suggested several measures to reduce the number of such cases.
Last year, there were about 304 bird-hit cases, while
in 2007 and 2006 it was 217 and 167 respectively. The figures
show an increase in such incidents.