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SpiceJet to operate flights with full capacity from Oct 30 as aviation regulator DGCA lifts safety curbs

New Delhi: On Friday, Indian aviation regulator DGCA has lifted the 50% ban on SpiceJet to operate flights. In view of the festive season, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken this decision. The aviation regulator allowed SpiceJet to function to its full capacity from October 30.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday, Indian aviation regulator DGCA has lifted the 50% ban on SpiceJet to operate flights. In view of the festive season, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken this decision. The aviation regulator allowed SpiceJet to function to its full capacity from October 30.

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The aviation regulator had imposed restrictions on SpiceJet flights on July 27 for eight weeks, which was later on extended on September 21. It was subsequently extended till October 29. In its review in September, DGCA noted that SpiceJet had shown an appreciable reduction in the number of safety incidents.The decision had meant that the airline was only allowed to fly a little over 2,000 flights from the approved number of 4,192.The lifting of restrictions comes at a time when the airline continues to face safety related snags.

On October 18, the DGCA ordered inspections of the airline’s 14 Q400 aircraft after it made an emergency landing in Hyderabad after smoke filled its cockpit and cabin. The DGCA has also directed SpiceJet for inspection of bleed-off valve screen and housing for evidence of oil wetness.In its order, DGCA directed that engine oil samples be periodically drawn every 15 days instead of presently 30 days and sent to Pratt & Whitney Canada.

SpiceJet has reported a net loss of Rs 789 crore (Rs 420 crore excluding forex adjustment) for the quarter ending June 30 as compared to a net loss of Rs 729 crore in the quarter ending June 30, 2021, reported. The flight landed at Hyderabad airport on October 12 with the officials citing that an engine oil seepage entering the aircraft’s air-condition system apparently caused the incident.

All the passengers disembarked safely from the flight after landing. The Gurugram-based airline, which is said to be facing a liquidity crunch, hiked the salaries of pilots including the captain. The moves comes months after it had sent 80 pilots on leave without pay to cut costs. SpiceJet had clarified that the pilots would remain eligible for other employee benefits like insurance benefits and employee leave travel during the furlough period.

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