DGCA extends 50% cap on SpiceJet’s flights till next month as caution – ET TravelWorld

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) recently extended the 50 per cent restriction on SpiceJet flights for another month, that is till October 29. In an order extending the restriction, DGCA said that this was being done out of “abundant caution”.“Based on the review of the safety performance of Spicejet, the authority issued Interim Order of even number dated 27 July 2022 whereby restricting the number of departures of Spicejet to 50 per cent of the number of departures approved under Summer Schedule 2022 for a period of eight weeks,” said the DGCA in its order.

The order noted that whereas the review has indicated that there is an appreciable reduction in the number of safety incidents, “however, as a matter of abundant caution, the competent authority has decided that the restriction as imposed on July 27 this year shall continue to be in force till the end of the summer schedule on September 29, in accordance with the powers conferred under rule 19A of the Aircraft Rules, 1937,” it read.

“Any increase in the number of departures beyond 50 per cent of the total number of departures approved under the summer schedule 2022, during this period shall be subject to the airline demonstrating to the satisfaction of the DGCA that it has sufficient technical support and financial resource to safely and efficiently undertake such enhanced capacity,” the order stated, adding, the airline will continue to be under enhanced surveillance.


This is the third such instance in which the regulator received deregistration requests of aircrafts in the past few weeks leased to SpiceJet. Earlier, the budget carrier SpiceJet had said that it plans to replace all its older Boeing aircraft with the new Max model in a phased manner.

Earlier, reviewing the reply of Spicejet on show cause notice, the DGCA had restricted the airline to operate only 50 per cent of flights for eight weeks on July 27.

In a letter to Spicejet, the Joint Director General of Civil Aviation mentioned that the reported incidents on aircraft operated by Spicejet from April 1 to July 5, 2022, were reviewed and it was observed that on a number of occasions, the aircraft either turned back to its originating station or continued landing to the destination with degraded safety margins.

According to DGCA, there appeared to exist poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions. Which, it said, resulted in the degradation of the safety margins.

In response to the DGCA restriction, SpiceJet had stated, “We are in receipt of the DGCA order and will act as per directions 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.”

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