Civil Aviation Safety Agency Says Airline's Safety Records Are
India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation is raising
questions about the safety records of two of the country's airlines
... IndiGo and Air India Express. A recent financial report from
the DGCA finds that the airlines are guilty of serious safety
While the report found that all of India's airlines had some
issues, the DGCA was particularly critical of IndiGo and Air India
Express. The Financial Times of India reports that the audit was
done by the agency to determine if growing financial difficulties
were causing airlines to cut corners. It calls for a review of
IndiGo's engine modification practices on short-haul aircraft such
as the A320 to allow them to be used for international flights. The
agency reportedly found that there have been "large numbers
of premature engine removals" in the first three quarters of
IndiGo said the engine removals were not a safety issue, and
were done in compliance with FAA standards.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said Sunday that the
government would not tolerate violations of safety standards.
"There will be no compromise on air safety," he told reporters at a
Singh singled out Air India Express and Kingfisher for what he
said was ignoring safety requirements. Other airlines have been
shown to have issues with lack of pilots and proper regular
training, and non-compliance with safety audits.