DGCA

  • Senior IAS officer M Sathiyavathy takes over a new DGCA January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: M Sathiyavathy on Monday took over as the new Director General of Civil Aviation, succeeding Prabhat Kumar. Sathiyavathy, a 1982-batch IAS officer, is the first woman to head DGCA and has been appointed to the post for three years. Prior to becoming the country's aviation regulator, she was...
  • Indians fly safe in 2014 as 3 major air mishaps hog headlines December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian airspace remained free of any major mishap involving airlines and helicopters this year, which saw three major air accidents hogging the headlines globally. There were 20 air accidents across the world in 2014, which included the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370, shooting down of MH-17 of...
  • No violation of safety norm or unfair seat allotment: Air India December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India on Saturday said its fight safety wing is looking into the issue of a daughter of a senior pilot resting in a bunk, meant only for use of flight crew members, during one of its flights to Newark from Mumbai recently. However, it asserted that the incident...
  • Co-founder of SpiceJet seeks time to finalise funding plans December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The entrepreneur behind a high-profile effort to rescue Indian carrier SpiceJet has asked for more time to finalise funding plans, a government official with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday. Ajay Singh, who helped set up the low-cost airline in 2005, had been expected to submit a...
  • SpiceJet seeks government help; request to be put up before PMO: MoS Civil Aviation December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Suffering a total liability of about Rs 2,000 crore, beleaguered no-frill carrier SpiceJet on Monday approached the government and sought urgent financial help to run its daily operations. Top officials of the airline met Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma and made the plea for "urgent relief". The...
  • Indian private airlines suffering from financial stress December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: All private Indian airlines are suffering from financial stress as found in financial audits carried out in 2014 by aviation regulator DGCA, Lok Sabha was informed on Sunday. Observing that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had conducted an audit of all airlines on the impact of financial...
  • Cartoon of the day: SpiceJet stops advance bookings after DGCA's stern warning December 10, 2014

    Cash-strapped SpiceJet has cancelled over 1,800 flights across the country for December, in signs of mounting troubles for the budget airline. DGCA has asked the airline to stop taking bookings of more than one month in advance. ...
  • Hope SpiceJet will come out of financial turbulence: Aviation Minister December 9, 2014

    In more trouble for SpiceJet, the cash-strapped airline has cancelled over 1,800 flights across the country for the current month. The DGCA had asked the airline to stop taking bookings of more than a month in advance. Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said, "We hope SpiceJet will fly out of...
  • Troubled SpiceJet cancels over 1,800 flights till December 31 December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Cash-strapped SpiceJet has cancelled over 1,800 flights across the country for December, in signs of mounting troubles for the budget airline. The air carrier, which is part of Kalanithi Maran-led Sun Group, has cancelled a total of 1,861 flights, a few to Kathmandu in Nepal and all others connecting...
  • Spicejet refutes reports of DGCA's directive on large-scale cancellations December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: After Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rapped up SpiceJet over financial constraints, the airline on Sunday denied the reports of any large-scale cancellations asked by the aviation regulator. It has also rejected reports of pilot shortage and existing pilots being made to fly extra hours. DGCA on Friday...
  • DGCA raps SpiceJet for large scale flight cancellations December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Friday cracked the whip on SpiceJet and withdrew 186 of its slots and asked it to clear salary dues of all its employees in the next ten days. After reviewing the situation facing the no-frill carrier, DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar took...
  • Buffalo on runway: Is a major mishap waiting to happen? November 7, 2014

    A Delhi-bound SpiceJet plane hit a buffalo on the runway a few seconds before the take-off at the Surat airport. CNN-IBN asks whether a major mishap is waiting to happen. ...
  • SpiceJet complains of stray animals at Surat airport, suspends services for indefinite period November 7, 2014

    Surat: A day after a Delhi-bound SpiceJet plane hit a stray animal on the runway a few seconds before the take-off, the airlines have complained of stray animals as a recurring problem at the Surat airport. Owing to the repeated obstructions, the airline has decided to suspend its services at...
  • Very little sense in DGCA's new proposal for commercial flying: Air charter operators October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Air charter operators have come attacked a DGCA proposal to bar them from commercial flying if they do not have a three-aircraft fleet within a year of operations, saying the move made "very little business sense" and would retard connectivity to remote areas. Such a proposal would also force...
  • India @ 9 with Palki S Upadhyay October 28, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Palki S Upadhyay on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Air India violates DGCA flying duty hours norms for crew October 28, 2014

    In the news yet again for wrong reasons, India's state air carrier Air India has been accused of flouting civil aviation guidelines and putting lives of hundreds of passengers at risk everyday. ...
  • Air India violates flying norms, puts lives of passengers at risk October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: In the news yet again for wrong reasons, India's state air carrier Air India has been accused of flouting civil aviation guidelines and putting lives of hundreds of passengers at risk everyday. A month before the Unites States aviation watchdog Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency that downgraded India...
  • DGCA mulling action against airlines for lapses on pilot test October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA is contemplating action against some airlines, including Air India, for not carrying out the mandatory pilot proficiency checks (PPCs) as per the stipulated timeframe. The airlines have to carry out the PPCs every six months but several of them are not conducting these tests on...
  • APAI questions 'non-existent' low fares offered by airlines October 26, 2014

    Mumbai: Apex air travellers body, Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) on Sunday questioned the frequent "special fare" offers by domestic carriers and termed them as "non-existent", even as it urged the DGCA not to allow such schemes. The association, in a communication to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, also...
  • APAI opposes DGCA directive to airlines on cleanliness drive October 5, 2014

    Mumbai: Slamming a DGCA directive to airlines to collect "donations" from passengers for cleanliness drive at airports and aircraft, the apex air travellers body on Sunday urged the aviation ministry to withdraw the decree at the earliest. In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju, Air Passenger Association of...
  • 'No significant' turbulence on Air India Delhi-Shanghai flight: DGCA September 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has found "no significant" turbulence on Air India's Delhi-Shanghai flight earlier this month, as alleged by an air hostess, and has asked the entire crew to record their statements before it on Monday. One of the cabin crew members on flight...
  • Pilots to be empowered to deal with tipsy air travellers September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Tipsy air travellers, beware! Laws are being tightened to empower crew members to restrain anyone from creating ruckus inside an aircraft or even at the airport before boarding a flight. A new rule has been drafted by aviation regulator DGCA formally empowering the pilotincommand of...
  • CBI registers case against DGCA official September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI has registered a case of graft against the Joint Director General of aviation regulator DGCA for allegedly giving extension to a flying school in Bilaspur on the basis of irregular documents. CBI has registered a case of alleged corruption against Joint Director General AK Saran, the then senior...
  • Airlines may approach Centre seeking low fuel costs for J&K rescue work September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian carriers participating in the evacuation of stranded people in floodhit Jammu and Kashmir may formally urge the government to exempt them from paying aeronautical charges and also seek lower fuel costs for these operations, airline sources said on Sunday. "It is our national duty and we are putting...
  • Close to a lakh slum dwellers to be rehabilitated following Centre's order September 11, 2014

    Mumbai: The Civil Aviation Ministry has asked Maharashtra government to remove slums near Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. It says if the land occupied by slums is not reclaimed the airport faces a security threat. The Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has written to the Maharashtra Chief Minister...
  • Indian Airlines evacuates 270 stranded people from floodhit J&K September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Airlines on Wednesday began evacuating stranded people from floodravaged Jammu and Kashmir with Air India flying back 270 passengers free, as DGCA asked them to cap total fares including taxes on SrinagarDelhi and LehDelhi sectors at Rs 2,800 and Rs 3,000 respectively. While Air...
  • Vistara launch may get delayed by couple of months September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The launch of Vistara, the TataSingapore Airlines joint venture airline, may get delayed by a couple of months due to regulatory approvals, officials said on Wednesday. The airline, which is slated to get its first Airbus A320 soon, had earlier announced plans to start operations in October. The proposed...
  • J&K Floods: DGCA asks airlines to cap fares on SrinagarDelhi sector September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: In yet another direction to help passengers trapped in floodravaged Jammu and Kashmir, DGCA on Wednesday asked all airlines to cap the fares on SrinagarDelhi and LehDelhi sectors to Rs 2,800 and Rs 3,000. If an air traveller is cashstrapped due to the precarious situation prevailing in Srinagar and...
  • FAA team likely to visit India soon to review measures by DGCA September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Nine months after downgrading DGCA in the aviation safety rankings, a Federal Aviation Administration team is likely to visit India soon to review the corrective measures taken by the Indian aviation regulator to address the deficiencies listed by its US counterpart. "We would like India to be CategoryI...
  • J&K: No extra charges on rescheduling flights, DGCA directs airlines September 8, 2014

    New Delhi: With unprecedented floods devastating Jammu and Kashmir, aviation regulator DGCA today directed all airlines not to charge anything extra from passengers from Srinagar and Jammu if they rescheduled their bookings. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also asked the airlines not to levy any cancellation fee from passengers...