Aviation safety regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has decided to serve show-cause notices to four private domestic carriers — GoAir, Kingfisher, Jet Airways and JetLite — for violating norms at the Dabolim airport in Goa.
These airlines continued flight operations even during the ‘curfew hours’.
“Despite our warnings to respect the curfew hours, some airlines have violated this directive. They will have to pay for it. We will take action”, DGCA chief EK Bharat Bhushan said.
The notices would be served on Wednesday. DGCA has also directed these airlines to “de-roster” the cabin crew involved in the flight operation.
Bharat Bhushan had on Monday met flight safety chiefs of all domestic carriers and warned them that their operating licences would be cancelled if safety violations continued.
Spokespersons of Jet Airways and Kingfisher did not respond to calls from HT.
DGCA had issued a NOTAM (notice to airmen) about a week ago that two critical landing aids, “PAPI and GP”, would not be functional for eight hours every day (9 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm) from April 4 to 30. But DGCA found that flights had been landing at the airport during this period.
“The DGCA should take action against airlines for blatant violations and also officials who gave verbal orders permitting operation at Goa airport,” said Capt. Mohan Ranganathan, a Chennai-based aviation expert.
Meanwhile, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), an association of Air India (AI) pilots, has complained to the regulator that AI was still carrying out operations at the Goa airport during the restricted hours.
Stating that AI had thrown “flight safety to the winds”, it urged the DGCA to take necessary action.