DGCA acts against SpiceJet, restricts flights by 50% for 8 weeks

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday ordered SpiceJet to operate just approved 50% flights for 8 weeks following multiple snags.
“In view of the findings of various spot checks, inspections and the reply to the show cause notice submitted by SpiceJet, for continued sustenance of safe and reliable transport service, the number of departures of SpiceJet are hereby restricted to 50 per cent of the number of departures approved under summer schedule 2022 for a period of 8 weeks,” DGCA said in its order.

Following a spurt in incidents in recent months, the regulator had issued a show cause to SpiceJet for failing “to establish safe, efficient and reliable air services.”
In a statement issued Tuesday, SpiceJet said it had “rectified the defects/malfunctions identified in 10 planes by the DGCA and all these 10 aircraft are back in operation. The rectification was done immediately after DGCA observation. The (aviation) ministry (had) further informed Parliament that DGCA had carried out regulatory audit of three schedule airlines including SpiceJet as per Annual Surveillance Programme-2022.”

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