The budget carrier GoAir has received a show cause notice from the aviation safety regulator, after a routine audit conducted on March 25 found 19 deficiencies in the airline’s air safety administration.
In the notice, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked the airline to explain why it should not face action in the wake of the audit findings. “We are awaiting the airline’s response to the notice, based on which an action taken report will be submitted,” said a senior DGCA official.
Airlines that neglects DGCA’s safety directives are putting their passengers at risk, said air safety experts.
“The airline failed to incorporate the DGCA’s directives for the past three years,” said another DGCA official. The audit also observed lapses in the airline’s pilots’ training standards.
The airline confirmed the audit, but did not comment on the notice.
“DGCA conducted an audit of GoAir flight operations and the findings are still awaited. Based on the debrief during the audit, GoAir has already initiated appropriate corrective measures. GoAir is committed to the safety and security of all passengers and in recognition thereof has achieved IOSA certification by IATA [International Air Transport Association,” said the airline’s chief of flight safety.