SpiceJet To Restore Flights Gradually After Fixing Issues

SpiceJet is currently operating flights at a level far below its peak capacity. The airline is battling financial issues, which are said to be behind the many incidents and problems it has faced lately. And now, India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has asked the airline to fix its issues before fully restoring operations.

Gradual restoration

Budget carrier SpiceJet will be allowed to restore operations completely in a “graded manner” over time after it convinces the authorities that it has the required operational strength to carry out flights at that scale.

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The DGCA told Reuters that SpiceJet has to show it has sufficient engineering strength and the financial ability to stock up on spares before it can deploy all its planes back in the air. The report quotes the DGCA chief Arun Kumar to be saying,

“At this point of time we feel they can only operate 50% of their capacity without compromising safety. The decision is a pre-emptive step to ensure there is no safety issue in the future and does not mean the airline is not fit to fly. Our objective is not to disrupt service.”

SpiceJet is currently operating at a reduced capacity. Photo: Boeing

Operations curtailed

The airline was placed under “enhanced surveillance” by the DGCA in July, in which it was asked to cut half of its planned flights for eight weeks. SpiceJet will be closely observed during this time, after which the authorities will take their next step.

The DGCA came to that decision following the findings of various spot checks, inspections, and the reply sent by SpiceJet to the show-cause notice.

Although the regulator found nothing concerning after subjecting 48 SpiceJet planes to 53 spot checks days before the order, it thought it was best to restrict flights until the carrier gets back to proper health.

SpiceJet replied to the order by saying it does not affect its current operations as it was already flying a lean schedule due to the drop in demand. The company statement said, “We want to reassure our passengers and travel partners that our flights will operate as per schedule in the coming days and weeks.”

Lots going on

The airline has been hitting the headline repeatedly over the last several weeks over aircraft incidents, show-cause notices, spot checks of its planes, and financial woes.


Three of its Boeing 737 aircraft were recently deregistered by the DGCA after SpiceJet failed to make timely lease payments. All three planes once belonged to former Jet Airways and were acquired by SpiceJet shortly after Jet ceased operations in 2019.

In an attempt to stay afloat, the carrier’s MD Ajay Singh is also said to be in discussions with investors (including a Middle Eastern carrier) for a possible stake sale to collect the much-needed funds.

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Source: Reuters



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