Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Airports, airlines being audited on safety, financial health: DGCA chief

New Delhi: As India's air transport gradually picks up, the country's aviation regulator has upped the ante on not just physical but even financial safety aspects of the sector's stakeholders.

The DGCA has maintained a delicate balance between reintroducing some of the suspended safety norms owing to Covid-19 outbreak and giving some relaxation in terms of administrative paperwork requirements to the sectoral players and crew.

However, the sharpest vigil is being kept on the overall safety aspect of airlines and airports.

In terms of the safety aspect, DGCA Director General Arun Kumar cited that safety audits of all major metro airports have been completed.

"Safety audits of airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai among others have been completed," Kumar said.

"All airports will be audited in a phase-wise manner. Not just airports but airlines are also being audited," he said.

"Recently, two major airlines (Air India and SpiceJet) have been audited on various safety aspects. Now, the rest of the airlines will be audited," he said.

"Despite Covid, audits will continue and no compromise with safety will be allowed."

Even financial audits are being conducted, revealed Kumar.

"This ensures that no compromise is made with safety issues due to strained financial condition of the airlines," he said.
07/09/20 Rohit Vaid/IANS/Sify.com
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