A relief for SpiceJet as DGCA lifts 50% cap on its flights


Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Friday removed the 50% cap restrictions on SpiceJet flights. From winter schedule, which kicks in from October 30th – 25th March 2023, SpiceJet airline can operate with full capacity.

This comes after DGCA extended restrictions on SpiceJet to operate only 50 per cent of departures till October 29, 2022.

The airline’s services were capped at half its approved schedule after a string of air safety incidents in the summer, when the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also put the carrier under enhanced surveillance comprising audits and safety checks.

DGCA lifts 50% cap on SpiceJet flights.

“The airline is complying with all the directions emanating from audits/checks. Hence, the restrictions on them will not be extended further and they are allowed to operate flights without any restrictions.”

Arun Kumar, the Director General of DGCA.

Over 21,941 flights on domestic routes will be operated every week in the winter schedule. The number of weekly flights is expected to be 1.55% lower than 22,287 flights that operated in the previous winter schedule.

According to a PTI report, in the upcoming Winter Schedule 2022, 21,941 departures per week have been approved from 105 airports. Out of these 105 airports Deoghar, Shimla and Rourkela are the new airports proposed by the scheduled airlines.

SpiceJet, DGCA, winter schedule
Scheduled airlines will operate 21,941 flights on domestic routes every week in the winter schedule starting from October 30.

Out of the total 21,941 departures, the maximum will be by IndiGo at 10,085 followed by SpiceJet at 3,193.

Air India will have 1,990 departures, Vistara (1,941), Air Asia (1,462), Go Air (1,390), Alliance Air (1,034), Akasa Air (479), Fly Big (214) and Star Air (153).