Friday, March 15, 2019

Ahmedabad: Eight flights cancelled as DGCA grounds B737 Max aircraft

Ahmedabad:  As the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded Boeing 737 Max aircraft, the operations of some eight incoming and outgoing flights at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in Ahmedabad were cancelled on Thursday. These include four incoming and outgoing flights that connect Ahmedabad with destinations such as Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. Top sources at the city airport confirmed that two Boeing 737 Max aircraft operated by SpiceJet at the SVPI airport have been grounded.

“In continuation to the decision of DGCA to ground the B737 Max operations, further clarification follows. B737Max operations will stop from/to all Indian airports. Additionally no B737 Max aircraft will be allowed to enter or transit Indian airspace effective 4pm IST. The time line is to cater to situations where aircraft can be positioned at maintenance facilities & international flights can reach their destinations,” mentions a statement posted on the official social media page of Union ministry of civil aviation.

All flights cancelled at the city airport due to the aircraft model issue were operated by low-cost carrier, SpiceJet. When asked how the passengers – who had made advance bookings for the cancelled flights were compensated, the airline issued a statement, saying, “While majority of passengers affected as a result of these cancellations have been accommodated by SpiceJet on alternate flights, rest have been offered a full refund.”
15/03/19 Times of India