Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Three cases in 12 days: DGCA pulls up SpiceJet management

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) top brass on Tuesday “pulled up” SpiceJet management after the budget carrier had three avoidable cases in a row.

“We are probing these cases and action will be taken as per the outcomes of the probes. In the meantime, we have warned the airline brass that no laxity will be tolerated and that they should pull up their socks,” said a senior official.

Comments have been sought from SpiceJet on this regulatory warning and are awaited.

SpiceJet triad troubles started on May 11 when it operated a flight from Delhi to Croatian capital Zagreb without making the four pilots undergo the mandatory pre-departure RT-PCR test.

As a result, Croatia did not allow them to alight from the aircraft and the four had to spend 21 hours onboard before operating to Delhi. On this issue, SpiceJet claimed that Croatia had told the airline RT-PCR was not required for pilots operating this flight and then changed the rule by the time it landed there.

The second case happened with a Delhi-Dubai charter which was to fly 31 Indian boxers, including Mary Kam, there last Saturday (May 22).

UAE authorities reportedly did not have permission for this aircraft and allowed it to land only when the pilot declared a fuel emergency and on the intervention of the Indian embassy in Dubai. On this issue, the airline had said this “flight and passengers carried proper documentation.”

25/05/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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