• Germany forecasts tourism surge during UEFA Euro 2024
  • Modi urges toursits to spend 105 of their travel budget to purchase local goods
  • Kerala to undertake intiatives to promote the state as global meeting veue
  • Swiss cancels plans for domestic A340 this summer
  • Scandron receives DGCA logistics drone certificate
  • Air India, Tata Advanced System to invest INR 2,300cr in Karnataka
  • Plan is to bring Air India on the same level as Vistara: CEO

MoCA asks airlines to increase engineering capabilities for air safety

India has asked airlines to increase their engineering-related capabilities at all base and transit stations, V K Singh, MoS for Civil Aviation told lawmakers, after a series of safety-related incidents in recent weeks, reports Hindustan Times.

Airlines have also been asked to take “appropriate mitigation action and greater internal surveillance to ensure safety of air operations”, Singh told the Parliament.

Indian airlines reported 478 technical snags in the year to June 30, 2022, but dozens of mid-air safety incidents in recent weeks have prompted special spot checks and safety audits by the aviation regulator.

Between May 2 and June 6, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) conducted special safety checks on 300 aircraft, including 62 planes belonging to SpiceJet. The spot checks raised findings that were corrected by the airlines, he said.

The DGCA carried out another round of checks from July 9 to July 13 on just 48 SpiceJet aircraft.

While the checks did not raise “any significant finding or safety violations”, as an abundant safety measure the DGCA prevented use of 10 planes until the airline was able to rectify all the reported defects or malfunctions, Singh added.

The government has urged airlines to “give utmost importance to safety of operations” and special audits and spot checks have been ordered by the DGCA, Singh said.


Read Previous

Centre cuts tax on ATF

Read Next

AirAsia India launches ‘Hi5 Sale’ with fares starting at INR 1,515

Most Popular

Download Magazine