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Airlines under stress on safety levels: regulator

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has expressed concern over safety issues relating to Indian airlines following a financial surveillance of airlines carried out by the regulator in December. HT reports.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2012 00:46 IST
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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has expressed concern over safety issues relating to Indian airlines following a financial surveillance of airlines carried out by the regulator in December.

DGCA chief Bharat Bhushan said on Thursday that while all airlines were under stress, there was no threat of closing any airline.

In the background of reported financial stress experienced by airlines, DGCA carried out financial surveillance from the safety perspective. "Several findings have been noted," DGCA said in a statement.

"There were apprehensions indicated about Kingfisher (KFA) having a number of aircraft on ground for want of engines/spares due to which they were operating a truncated schedule," the airlines watchdog said in a statement.

"With regard to Air India Express, concern was expressed about some safety issues that remain pending and shortage of training captains," DGCA statement said.

Kingfisher (KFA) has been asked to come back by Monday with details of the safety measures taken by the airline. Financial surveillance of Air India is proposed to be conducted by DGCA next week.

"We would like to clarify that DGCA did not have any significant findings or concerns with regard to safety at KFA and that we have adequate number of pilots and engineers to operate our scheduled services," Sanjay Aggarwal, CEO, Kingfisher Airlines, said in a statement.

Bhushan said he has held meetings with top officials of other carriers such as SpiceJet, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite over the past few weeks.

"All of them have been told about the lapses and asked to inform us about their plans to rectify their problems in a time-bound manner," Bhushan said.

"All airlines are going through a difficult patch financially ... our challenge is to see that this financial difficulty does not reflect on safety," Bhushan said. "Please let there be no panic," he added. "The skies are safe."