A day after the aviation regulator threatened to serve the beleaguered SpiceJet with a show cause notice for defying its order banning advance bookings beyond a month, the airline on Tuesday announced it was now abiding by the DGCA’s orders, while senior officials rushed to meet the regulator.
A SpiceJet spokesperson said the airline has stopped taking any bookings beyond 30 days from Tuesday.
Senior airline officials, including Sun Group’s chief financial officer SL Narayanan, SpiceJet chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor and other officials met director general of civil aviation Prabhat Kumar on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing “issues”.
SpiceJet officials said they were “hurt” by the DGCA’s decision to bar the airline from taking advance bookings beyond 30 days, maintaining the move was “counter productive”. On Friday, the DGCA had barred SpiceJet from advance bookings beyond a month.
DGCA officials said there would be no review on the decision, while the airline has been asked to first come up with a convincing financial proposal by December 15.
Meanwhile, even as the government has refused a bailout for SpiceJet, a senior aviation ministry official said the government is mulling tax breaks to help save the sinking airline.