The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a regulatory body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, primarily deals with safety issues in the aviation space. It is responsible for the regulation of air transport services to/from/within India and for enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety, and airworthiness standards. The DGCA also coordinates all regulatory functions with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It was formed under the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and is headquartered in New Delhi. DGCA investigates aviation accidents and incidents, maintains all regulations related to aviation and is responsible for the issuance of licences pertaining to aviation. It has fourteen Regional Airworthiness Offices (RAO) and five Regional Air Safety offices. However, soon the government is planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), modelled on the lines of the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). At present, the DGCA is understaffed and does not have any recruitment powers. The CAA will have administrative and financial powers similar to those of the American FAA. These powers will redefine the regulator's role and better equip it to face the challenges of the growing Aviation sector in the country. Employees working with DGCA will be transferred to the CAA. More
The DGCA found that SpiceJet failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable air service.
The second engine of the Bangkok to Delhi Vistara flight was shut down post runway vacation
SpiceJet has reported three safety incidents in the last 24 hours and at least the eighth incident of technical malfunction happening on aircraft just within the last 18 days.
Indigo flights were delayed across the country on July 2 and 3, because a large number of employees took last-minute leave, ostensibly to attend the walk-in interviews for hiring cabin crew by Air India and Air India Express.
The amount will be used to help the aspirant to pursue a three-year training course at the Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, CNBC TV18 reported.
At the moment Jet Airways has not made a final decision on the type of aircraft it wants to procure and the contract is mostly going to depend on the manufacturer’s ability to deliver planes in a timely manner.
"The flying operations at this school (the second case) has been stopped for three weeks. It will be allowed to operate only when things are in order," the regulator noted.
The numbers indicate that the air traffic has inched closer to the pre-pandemic level, as the domestic airlines had cumulatively ferried a total of 1.22 crore passengers in May 2019.
The airline has delayed Q4FY22 and full-year FY22 results citing a ransomware attack so the latest financials are not known. But in the third quarter—the best post-COVID lockdown—the airline clocked a revenue of Rs 2,259 crore.
The lower end of the fare band was put in place to help airlines that had been struggling financially due to travel restrictions. The upper limit was imposed so that passengers are not charged huge amounts when demand for seats is high.
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DGCA says airlines will have to pay a compensation of upto Rs 10,000 if a passenger holding a valid ticket is denied boarding
According to DGCA’s April 2022 data, Air Asia was the most punctual airline, most complaints were filed against Air India, FlyBig topped the cancellation list, while Indigo flew the highest number of passengers (64.11 lakhs) and grabbed the largest market share (58.9 percent). Vistara was ranked No.1 in the Best Airline Staff in India/Southern Asia category of 2021 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
The DGCA has asked airports and airlines to treat passengers refusing to wear masks or violating COVID-19 protocol as "Unruly Passengers".
Speculation had arisen that imposition of fines by the regulator is the government’s way of exercising greater control over aviation after the transfer of Air India to the Tata Group. Experts say there’s no link.
The Abu Dhabi-Chittagong flight developed an engine snag mid-air, and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport.
Footage of the helicopter’s hard landing has prompted aviation regulator DGCA to launch a probe into the incident.
SpiceJet’s said that this restriction does not impact operations of Max aircraft as it has adequately trained pilots
The Indian aviation regulator said that airlines from June 3 will first have to consult a doctor and get the doctor to certify if a person with a disability cannot be allowed to board.
The high court said all such persons, who are found to be violating these norms, should be booked and fined and they should be placed on the no-fly list and added that it is essential to introduce sufficient deterrence to enforce compliance of norms.
The airline has been fined for violation of takeoff and landing clearance given to first officers without conducting any training.
DGCA observed training imparted by SpiceJet could have adversely effected flight safety.
Handling of the special child by the IndiGo ground staff was deficient , which in-turn ended up exacerbating the situation, according to a press release from the aviation regulator
According to rules, all materials including the aircraft seat need to conform to approved design specifications and airlines cannot sell seats to flyers that do not meet DGCA specifications.
"Around four international flights and 16 domestic flights have been delayed for multiple hours, but till now no flight has been diverted or canceled and things are improving now," an official aware of the development told Moneycontrol.