The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued new norms for flight duty time and rest hours of cabin crew members, fixing a maximum duty period of up to 22 hours in long-haul flights.
The new norms, which follow a directive from the Delhi High Court, state that in case of unforeseen operational circumstances, the flight time can be extended to a maximum of one-and-a-half hours and the duty period to four hours.
The senior cabin crew in consultation with all the cabin crew members will convey their willingness to the ‘pilot in command’ for operating the flight. Only one extra landing may be carried out in the event of a diversion to complete the flight.
The stipulations would come into force starting Nov. 1 this year.
06/07/18 PTI/Bloomberg Quint