Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Delhi HC seeks govt, DGCA's stand on pleas of Air India, FIA regarding pilots' duty limitations

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the stands of the Centre and aviation regulator DGCA on the pleas of Air India and FIA, a body of major Indian airlines, on the issue of changes in the stipulated flight and duty time limitations (FDTL) of pilots.

Air India and the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), which represents private carriers Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, have sought modification of the high court's April 18 direction to DGCA to not permit variations in FDTLs.
Besides the Centre and DGCA, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to a Kerala-based lawyer on whose petition the high court had passed the April 18 order, and sought their replies by the next date of hearing on May 22.

The airlines have claimed that variations in FDTL were sometimes necessary, as in the latest instance of diversion of around 70 flights from Delhi to other airports due to the dust-storm on May 13.

The airlines today claimed before the bench that had they been heard, the April 18 order would not have been passed.

They said that pursuant to the court's order, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a letter on May 2 withdrawing all variations it had approved earlier and had also directed the airlines to file a revised FDTL scheme in accordance with the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) of 2011.
15/05/18 PTI/Hans India