Indian carriers GoAir, Indigo and spiceJet in trouble with aviation regulator authorities.
The three major airlines have been issued notices for seriously jeopardizing passenger safety by flying flights to its full capacity on the critically short runway airports of Jammu and Patna.
As per rules, an aircraft is supposed to keep 20 percent of its seats on board unoccupied due to technical safety reasons. The Indian directorate of civil aviation (DGCA) said that three carriers – Indigo, GoAir and SpiceJet have not observed the rule for many of its flights from Patna and Jammu during the peak summer season.
The CEOs of the airlines have been issued a show cause notice on June 13, 2014. The DGCA has threatened to cancel the airline’s flights to and from these two cities if the rule is not brought into immediate effect.
The CEOs are expected to revert to the DGCA with prompt replies before 5 pm on June 14, 2014.
The airlines have been ordered to cancel 20 percent of the seats on each flight and to make alternative arrangements for the affected passengers. This will inevitably lead to last-minute cancellation of tickets at a time when inter-state travel is at its peak in the country.
None of the airlines opted to comment or release any sort of statement about the issue.
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