NEW DELHI — After Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) banned Boeing 737 Max 8 from the Indian airspace, SpiceJet has cancelled 14 flights.
The DGCA has given a 4pm (Wednesday) deadline to ground all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts in India.
“SpiceJet has presently announced cancellation of 14 flights for today (Wednesday) and will be operating additional flights from tomorrow,” SpiceJet said in its statement.
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“While a majority of passengers affected as a result of these cancellations have been accommodated by SpiceJet on alternate flights, rest have been offered a full refund,” SpiceJet said in its statement.
India has now joined the global suspension wave of Boeing 737 MAX planes, after 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 people on board. Currently, two Indian airlines fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft, including Jet Airways (5 planes) and SpiceJet (12 planes).
Air safety regulators in at least 40 countries have either grounded Boeing 737 MAX planes or banned them from their airspace after the 10 March crash in Ethiopia.
The European Union and many other countries across the world have already banned the use of 737 Max 8 aircraft in their respective airspace.
Meanwhile, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority issued a Safety Decision banning the operation of all Boeing 737 MAX models in the UAE airspace with effect from March 13, 2019, 00:01 UTC Time until further notice.