IndiGo rejects regulator’s criticism on fleet expansion
Pushed on the backfoot following the serious safety lapses pointed out in the DGCA’s (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) financial audit, IndiGo, India’s largest low-cost carrier, dismissed the auditor’s observations regarding its fleet expansion.india Updated: Jan 10, 2012 21:57 IST
Pushed on the backfoot following the serious safety lapses pointed out in the DGCA’s (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) financial audit, IndiGo, India’s largest low-cost carrier, dismissed the auditor’s observations regarding its fleet expansion.
In a stinging observation on IndiGo, DGCA audit had noted, “The fast growth induction plan of fleet needs to be reviewed in view of the serious findings recorded in the audit report.”
Insisting that its fleet expansion plans will continue, IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh said, “It would be a joke to tell the world that a country of more than one billion has 400 planes and there is overcapacity. We need to double the capacity. We have less than one-fourth of planes compared to Philippines.”
“Even airlines that have larger fleets compared to us are adding capacity.”
DGCA audit has come down heavily on IndiGo and had said its investigation procedure of incidents was improper, the airline had suppressed information by not reporting incidents, there was a shortage of training examiners and instructors.
“If IndiGo says DGCA is satisfied with its response, so can others. But that doesn’t mean the findings can be discarded,” said a ministry official.
“Absolutely. This has created unfortunate doubts,” said Ghosh when asked if IndiGo’s image had been tarnished following the recent developments.
Ghosh said these were initial observations and that they had made a detailed presentation to the DGCA and believed that the regulator is satisfied with it. “There is no question of us not reporting a snag,” Ghosh added.
Jet Airways issued a statement saying it complied with all aviation norms and accorded the highest priority to the safety of its guests, and all its cockpit and cabin crew alike.