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Aviation watchdog to lift 50% cap on SpiceJet flights

SpiceJet has been allowed to operate more than 50 per cent of its flights. (file)

New Delhi:

SpiceJet will be able to operate over 50 per cent of its flights from October 30 as the three-month-long restrictions imposed on the troubled airline will be lifted in the winter schedule.

In the wake of several incidents involving SpiceJet aircraft, the Directorate General of Aviation Monitoring (DGCA) had on July 27 capped the number of flights at 50 per cent. Later, the restrictions were extended to 29 October, which was also the last day of the summer programme.

The airline will now operate 3,193 flights per week in the winter schedule starting October 30. This is also 6.6 percent more than the number of weekly flights operated by the airline in the previous winter schedule.

SpiceJet has got permission to operate more than 50 per cent of its flights from October 30. Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Arun Kumar told PTI on Saturday that the 50 per cent ban on the number of flights had ended with the summer schedule ending on October 29.

With regard to the airline’s operations, the DGCA chief said that all precautions are being taken and “we will ensure that things remain under control”.

There was no comment from SpiceJet on lifting the ban.

In recent times, the airline has been facing several operational and financial constraints. On October 17, the regulator directed the carrier to analyze engine oil samples from its Q400 fleet and other inspections, days after one of its aircraft made an emergency landing at Hyderabad airport due to smoke in the cabin.

The incident happened on October 12 when the SpiceJet plane was coming from Goa.

In the winter schedule – from October 30, 2022 to March 25, 2023 – scheduled airlines will operate 21,941 flights on domestic routes every week. The number of weekly flights will be 1.55 percent less than the 22,287 flights operated in the previous winter schedule.

In the upcoming Winter Schedule 2022, 21,941 departures per week have been approved from 105 airports.

“Out of these 105 airports, Deoghar, Shimla and Rourkela are the new airports proposed by scheduled airlines,” the DGCA said in a release on Friday.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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