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DGCA extends cap on SpiceJet to operate at 50% capacity till Oct 29

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has increased the cap imposed on SpiceJet flight by over a month citing "abundant Caution" reasons, as per an official order issued on Wednesday.

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New Delhi: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has increased the cap imposed on SpiceJet flight by over a month citing “abundant Caution” reasons, as per an official order issued on Wednesday.

Due to a number of mishaps involving SpiceJet’s flights, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had on July 27 ordered SpiceJet to run no more than 50% of its flights that were allowed in the summer schedule for a period of eight weeks.

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“…the review has indicated that there is an appreciable reduction in the number of safety incidents. However, as a matter of abundant caution, the competent authority has decided that the restrictions as imposed in the order dated July 27.07.20222 that continue to be in force till the end of the summer schedule (which ends October 29, 2022),” the DGCA said in its order.

The airline must “demonstrate to the satisfaction of DGCA that it has sufficient technical support and financial resources to undertake such enhanced capacity” before it can increase its capacity beyond 50% of the total number of departures authorised under the summer schedule of 2022 during this time.

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Additionally, it stated that the regulator will conduct “increased surveillance” of the airline during this time. The budget airline with its headquarters in Gurugram has been dealing with a severe liquidity shortage for a while. Both the quarter ending in March 2022 and the quarter ending in June saw SpiceJet report net losses of Rs 789 crore and Rs 458 crore, respectively.

Up to 80 pilots, 40 from the airline’s Boeing and 40 from its Bombardier Q400 aircraft, have been placed on Leave Without Pay (LWP) beginning on September 21 for a period of three months.

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