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SpiceJet Says Current Operations Won’t Be Affected By DGCA Order

The DGCA order comes as SpiceJet has reported several incidents of technical malfunctions between April 1 and July 5, the time period reviewed by the aviation regulator.

SpiceJet Nashik-Bound Flight Turns Midway to Delhi After Autopilot Malfunctions
SpiceJet Nashik-Bound Flight Turns Midway to Delhi After Autopilot Malfunctions (File Photo)

New Delhi: The SpiceJet, which faces DGCA action over multiple technical snags, on Wednesday said its operations will not be affected as the airline had already rescheduled its flight operations as per the travel season. The aviation regulator ordered that SpiceJet will operate only 50 per cent of its approved flights for the next eight weeks.

“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,” said SpiceJet.

The DGCA order comes as SpiceJet has reported several incidents of technical malfunctions between April 1 and July 5, the time period reviewed by the aviation regulator.

“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 cancellation as a consequence of this order,” said SpiceJet.

DGCA’s observation that SpiceJet is taking measures for arresting the trend of incidents is very encouraging and we will continue to work under the close guidance of the regulator, it said.

The aviation regulator reviewed the incidents of technical glitches reported in SpiceJet flights and said it has observed “poor internal safety oversight” and “inadequate maintenance”.

“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,” the aviation regulator’s order on Wednesday said.