AVIATION regulator DGCA on Wednesday ordered SpiceJet to operate a maximum of 50 per cent of its flights for eight weeks after several of its planes reported technical malfunction recently. During these eight weeks, the budget carrier will be subjected to “enhanced surveillance” by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The airline, however, said there will be no flight cancellations because of the regulator’s order as it is already operating limited services “due to the current lean travel season”.
On March 11, the DGCA approved 4,192 weekly domestic flights of SpiceJet for this year’s summer schedule, which ends on October 29.
Wednesday’s order means the budget carrier will be able to operate not more than 2,096 weekly flights for the next eight weeks. SpiceJet’s planes were involved in at least eight incidents of technical malfunction between June 19 and July 5, following which the DGCA on July 6 issued a show cause notice to the airline. During the eight-week period, the airline will be subjected to “enhanced surveillance” by the regulator, the DGCA said.