DGCA halves SpiceJet flights for eight weeks over safety concerns

India’s civil aviation authority has limited SpiceJet’s summer flights to 50% for the next eight weeks over safety concerns and inadequate maintenance actions.  

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in an interim order that the low-cost carrier performed “poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance actions”. The regulator added that SpiceJet will be subject to an eight-week “enhanced surveillance” by the DGCA. 

The DGCA’s interim order also referred to a financial assessment carried out in September 2021 which revealed that suppliers were not being paid on a regular basis, leading to a shortage of spare parts.

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In a statement seen by Indian news agency ANI, SpiceJet said that it will comply with the DGCA’s order and that there will be no impact on flight operations. 

The news comes less than a month after the Indian regulator issued SpiceJet with a warning notice over poor safety oversight. The DGCA had reviewed a number of incidents since April 1, 2022 and observed that on several occasions “the aircraft either turned back to its originating station or continued landed to the destination with degraded safety margins.”

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