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DGCA cancels 50% cap on SpiceJet flights

India’s civil aviation authority DGCA lifted 50% restrictions on SpiceJet flights on Friday.

From the winter schedule starting from October 30 to March 25, 2023, SpiceJet can operate at full capacity.

Airlines will operate 21,941 flights on domestic routes every week in the winter flight schedule. The number of flights per week will be 1.55% lower than the 22,287 flights operated in the previous winter flight schedule.

“In the upcoming winter schedule 2022, 21,941 weekly departures from 105 airports have been approved. Out of these 105 airports, Deoghar, Shimla and Rourkela are the new airports proposed by scheduled airlines,” PTI quoted DGCA as saying.

Out of the total 21,941 departures, IndiGo will have the maximum at 10,085 followed by SpiceJet at 3,193.

Air India will have 1,990 departures, Vistara (1,941), Air Asia (1,462), Go Air (1,390), Alliance Air (1,034), Akasa Air (479), Fly Big (214) and Star Air ( 153).

In September, the DGCA extended the restrictions it imposed on the low-cost airline on July 27. As part of the restrictions, the airline was asked to reduce flights by 50%.

The DGCA had in the first week of July issued a show cause notice to SpiceJet for failing to implement safe, efficient and reliable services following a spate of eight incidents within a month. The airline has been asked to explain within three weeks why no action should be taken against it.

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