Just like the end of every year, this time as well, Indian Regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced the fines it collected from all Indian airlines. In 2023, there were so many Incidents, in which airlines were fined. For more details, continue reading.
DGCA Collection by Penalising Indian Airlines
In 2023, Indian Regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) fined airlines for Rs 2.75 crore for various reasons. In 2022, DGCA collected Rs 1.9 crore from airlines by penalising them. Talking about 2023, airlines paid 39% more penalties when compared to previous year. Most of these fines have been imposed on Indian airlines like Air India, IndiGo, AirAsia, SpiceJet and even the now grounded GoFirst Airways. Apart from these fines, the regulator also suspended the licenses of many training facilities.
DGCA has witnessed a huge rise in number of cases of violations. In 2023, there were 542 cases of violations from Indian Aviation industry. For comparison, in 2022, there were 305 such cases. The number of violations went up by more than seventy percent. DGCA took actions against all the companies involved in these 542 cases.
In 2023, the regulator suspended the licenses of two prominent academies. First were the simulator facilities of Air India in Mumbai and Hyderabad. In September, DGCA conducted surveillance checks at the simulator facilities. It found out that the airline was not adhering to policies said by Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs). Hence, it suspended the license of both simulator facilities. However, in October month, a conditional approval was given temporarily. Since then, there is no update regarding the simulator facilities.
Second Academy to witness license suspension was Redbird Aviation Academy. Redbird is one of the largest Aviation Academies of India with more than four bases across India. Hundreds of students are trained by this institute every year. In 2023, the academy suffered 5 crashes in a period of 6 months. In June month, it suffered 2 crashes within a period of 4 days. As a result of this, DGCA had to conduct surveillance checks at the Academy Maintenance facility. It found various deficiencies and hence, license was suspended indefinitely. The license stands suspended till date.
Enhanced Oversight from Regulator
Apart from airlines and academies, DGCA also took action against pilots, Air Traffic Control Officials, Non-scheduled operators and airport operators.
DGCA said that in 2023, it has invested in enhancing its oversight capabilities. The workforce has been increased to enhance the surveillance scope. In last year, DGCA conducted a total of 5,475 checks. Out of these, 4,039 were planned and remaining were spot checks and night surveillance.
Night surveillance refers to checks on parked aircraft in night to access the conditions of the aircraft. Compared to 2022, DGCA enhanced its oversight capabilities by 26 percent.
Here is a look back at few instances, where airlines were fined or penalised by Indian Regulator DGCA.
- In July, IndiGo was fined for Rs 30 lakhs because of back-to-back tailstrikes suffered by the airline’s Airbus A321neo fleet.
- In November, Air India was fined for Rs 10 lakh for non-compliance of Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR). It failed to comply with regulations related to facilities to be provided in case of denied boarding.
- In October, SpiceJet was fined for Rs 20 lakhs for deficiency in training. Apart from fine, Head of Training was suspended for 3 months.
- In February, AirAsia India, now operating as AIX Connect was fined after lapses found in pilot training. The airline was fined for Rs 20 lakhs. Apart from this, 8 examiners were fined for Rs 3 lakh each.
- In February, Vistara paid the Rs 70 lakh fine charged by DGCA in October 2022. The airline was charged because the airline was not serving enough flights to Northeast India.
- In January, a GoFirst aircraft took off from Bengaluru leaving 55 passengers behind. The airline was fined for Rs 10 lakhs.
- In January, Air India was fined for Rs 10 lakh, after the airline failed to report the peegate incident onboard Paris flight on time.
- In January, Air India was fined for Rs 30 lakh, after the airline failed to report the peegate incident onboard New York to Delhi flight.
Importance of Surveillance
In its statement, it said : The DGCA increased its level of safety oversight to an all-time high. This was a significant 26% increase in surveillance activity over 2022, highlighting the dedication to ensuring safety and compliance in the aviation industry. Broad surveillance systems are essential for maintaining industry safety margins and reducing possible hazards to public health.
Through the performance of surveillance operations on airlines, aerodrome operators, licensed organizations, and aviation professionals under its regulatory authority, the DGCA has taken strict efforts to ensure compliance with regulations and meet established safety duties. The DGCA’s constant commitment to maintaining compliance underscores how crucial it is for the aviation industry to follow safety laws in order to guarantee safer skies.
Source : Hindustan Times