Wednesday, March 13, 2019

March 14 will be a challenging day for us: Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola

With the Indian aviation sector gearing up to deal with the fallout of the B737 Max aircraft crisis, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on March 13 that tomorrow (March 14) will be a challenging day.

"As many as 30 to 35 flights could be affected tomorrow," said Kharola.

In a meeting chaired by Kharola and attended by officials from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and airlines, including SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Silk Air, Air India, Air Asia, it was decided that SpiceJet will provide alternate flights to affected passengers even as the airline ensured to have "limited cancellation".
"In case SpiceJet is unable to accommodate, other airlines must accommodate those passengers," Kharola said.

DGCA had ordered to ground B737 Max aircraft after nearly 20 countries, including China, Ethiopia, South Africa, UK, France and Germany decided to ground the planes owing to safety concerns.

DGCA chief BS Bhullar, said that government was engaging with Boeing and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on regular basis.
"We have been taking inputs from them. There were certain issues raised by us but we didn't get much confidence from their statements... Thus, looking at safety of passengers, we decided to ground the planes," Bhullar said.
13/03/19 Nikita Vashisht/

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