On Tuesday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) fined Tata Group-owned airline Air India Rs 10 lakh for violating the regulator’s norms about denying boarding to passengers holding valid tickets.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
The aviation safety regulator told that the matter is “of serious concern and unacceptable”. “After going through Air India submissions, as part of enforcement action, the competent authority has levied a fine of Rs 10 Lakh. In addition, the airline has been advised to directly put the systems in place to resolve the issue failing which further action shall be taken by DGCA,” the aviation watchdog told in a report.
This comes after a series of fines being charged by the DGCA recently. The regulator had fined Vistara Rs 10 lakh, at the beginning of June, due to the airline violating takeoff and landing clearance as it was given to first officers without conducting any training.
IndiGo was handed a Rs 5 lakh fine by the DGCA
This came after IndiGo was handed a Rs 5 lakh fine by the DGCA for denying boarding to a specially-abled child.
“In the case of Air India — where the regulation is not being followed — a show-cause notice was issued to the Airline and also a personal hearing was afforded. It appears that the airline does not have a policy in this regard and is not paying any compensation to hapless passengers, whose numbers can be anybody’s guess,” the DGCA told.
At present, Air India works a fleet of both narrow body and widebody aircraft Airbus A320ceo family, Airbus A320neo, and widebody fleet is Boeing 777 series and Boeing 787 making a total of 125 aircraft.
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On 14 February 2022, after its re-privatization, the airline appointed İlker Aycı, former Chairman of Turkish Airlines from 2015 to 2022 as its new CEO and Managing Director.
He was supposed to take the charge on or before 1 April 2022 but declined the offer in the backdrop of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch demanding Tata Sons rethink its decision and the government show sensitivity since the matter affected national security problems.
The company declined immediate comment on the issue. Later, in March 2022, Natarajan Chandrasekaran, the chairman of Tata Sons was appointed as the chairman of the airline. Later in May 2022, Tata Sons appointed Campbell Wilson as Air India’s CEO and MD.
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