The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which is responsible for regulating civil aviation in India has temporarily suspended SpiceJet’s dangerous goods license. According to the aviation safety regulator, the low-cost carrier will not be allowed to carry any goods onboard which fall under the regulator’s “dangerous goods” category. This includes items such as lithium-ion batteries on its domestic flights as well as international flights.
According to DGCA guidelines, dangerous goods are “articles or substances that are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.” The regulator added that the suspension will last for a period of 30 days for violating the regulator’s guidelines and mishandling cargo classified as dangerous goods. To date, SpiceJet has been making huge revenue from its cargo division “SpiceXpress,” however this temporary ban may impact operations at the cargo airline.
In a statement, a spokesperson for SpiceJet said “There was a minor issue with a package being declared as ‘non-dangerous goods’ by a shipper and the lapses were on the shipper’s part. SpiceJet has taken preventive and corrective action as advised by the DGCA.”
In other related news, SpiceJet has launched a new service where passengers can book a taxi at their arrival airport using the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system known as “Spicescreen.” Even at some of India’s major airports, passengers might have to wait for more than an hour for a taxi especially during peak travel times, so this service may come in handy for a lot of travellers.
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