BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
KOLKATA, 27 JULY 2022
India’s aviation sector regulator, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued notifications to low cost airlines operator Spicejet to fly only 50 percent of its flights in its summer schedule for eight weeks.
Manish Kumar, Joint Director General of Civil Aviation , New Delhi has issued an interim order , File No. DGCA -15011 (02)/4/ 2021 – DAS on 27 July 2022.
“ In view of the findings of various spot checks, inspections and the reply of the show cause notice submitted by M/S Spicejet, for continued sustenance of safe and reliable air transport service, the number of departures of M/S Spicejet are hereby restricted to 50 percent of the number of departures approved under Summer Schedule 2022 for a period of 8 weeks from the date of issue of this order, in accordance with powers conferred under rule 19A of the Aircraft Rules, 1937.
Any increase in the number of departures beyond 50 percent of the number of departures approved under Summer Schedule 2022, during this period shall be subject to the airline demonstrating to the satisfaction of DGCA that it has sufficient technical support and financial resources to safely and efficiently undertake such enhanced capacity.
During these eight weeks period, the airlines will be subject to “ Enhanced Surveilance” by DGCA . Further decision in this matter shall be taken thereafter,”the order stated.
Earlier the DGCA has issued show cause notice to the Accountable Manager of M/S Spicejet Ltd for a number of incidents from 1 April to 5th July 2022. The aircrafts either turned back to their originating stations or continued landing to the destination with degraded safety measures.
In fact the most serious incident took place during descending at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport in Andal.
The show cause notice was issued on 5 July directing the airline’s operator to reply within three weeks.
Accordingly Spicejet submitted areply on 25 July 2022, vide letter number SJ/ FSD/07-2022// GEN.
“ It has been reviewed at appropriate level and it has been observed that M/S Spicejet is taking measures for arresting the trend of incidents, however, the airline needs to sustain these efforts for safe and reliable air transport service,” the order stated.
Spicejet has already announced that it will strictly follow the order of DGCA.
“ We are in receipt of the DGCA order and will act as per the guidelines of the regulator. Due to the current lean travel season , Spicejet like other airlines had already rescheduled its flight operations. Hence, there will be absolutely no impact on our flight operations. We want to reassure our passengers and travel partners that our flights will operate as per schedule in the coming days and weeks. There will be no flight cancellations as a consequence of this order,” Spicejet official statement said.
Indigo has the highest market share in the domestic air travel sector followed by Go First. While the load factor of Spicejet is highest.
Spicejet operates in over 50 plus airports and has a fleet of 113 aircrafts.