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SpiceJet: DGCA orders SpiceJet to continue operating flights at 50% Capacity till Oct 29

On Wednesday, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended restrictions on the low-cost airline SpiceJet to operate only 50 per cent of departures till October 29, 2022. The DGCA said that the restrictions have been extended as a matter of "abundant caution."

By Priyanka Verma 
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Delhi: On Wednesday, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended restrictions on the low-cost airline SpiceJet to operate only 50 per cent of departures till October 29, 2022. The DGCA said that the restrictions have been extended as a matter of “abundant caution.”

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The DGCA noted that there is appreciable reduction in number of safety incidents, in a statement. The DGCA has asked the airline to operate only limited flights for now as a safety precaution. Shares of SpiceJet have fallen 43.4% so far this year, compared to a 17.6% fall in rival Interglobe Aviation .

The statement said,”The review has indicated that there is appreciable reduction in number of safety incidents. However, as a matter of abundant caution the competent authority has decided that the restriction as imposed in the order shall continue to be in force till the end of the summer schedule i.e. October 29, in accordance with the powers conferred under rule 19A of the Aircraft Rules, 1937.”

The civil aviation body added that 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 DGCA that it has sufficient technical support and financial resource to safely and efficiently undertake such enhanced capacity.”

The Gurgaon-headquartered airline said, the crisis-hit airline has asked 80 of its pilots to go on a three-month leave without pay. The move is a temporary measure to rationalise cost. The budget carrier said in a statement, “This measure, which is in line with SpiceJet’s policy of not retrenching any employee which the airline steadfastly followed even during the peak of the Covid pandemic, will help rationalise the pilot strength vis- -vis the aircraft fleet.”

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