Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Air Passengers Association of India wants the Director General of Civil Aviation to implement ‘Flight Duty Time Limitations’ (FDTL) rules formulated in 2007 at the earliest.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, D. Sudhakara Reddy, founder and president of the Association, said the basic objective of the FDTL was to have a fatigue-free crew to operate every flight.

It directly affected the commercial viability of airlines, the health and well being of crew members and, most importantly, the safety of passengers.

One had to take into account the number of working hours a crew member could perform the task assigned to him and the period of rest required for him to recover before the next duty was assigned.

The authorities should also take into consideration long haul flights and delays caused by various situations into consideration while framing FDTL rules, he observed.