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DGCA to conduct special audit of all domestic airlines for compliance,

LiveMint logoLiveMint 05-07-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will soon start special audit of all scheduled domestic airlines to check their compliance with various safety and airworthiness requirements.

The exercise, which is part of a “continual process”, also comes against the backdrop of incidents of alleged violation of safety norms involving certain carriers. Special audit of all scheduled domestic carriers would be done and the regulator will carry out such exercises at certain intervals, a senior DGCA official said. “It (special audit) is a continual process which is being undertaken,” the official added.

IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Air India, GoAir, Vistara and AirAsia India are among the scheduled domestic airlines. The audit— which will mainly focus on the airlines’ compliance with various safety requirements—also assumes significance amid many domestic carriers expanding their fleet.

The DGCA is responsible for ensuring the safety of the Indian skies. India’s domestic aviation market is one of the fastest growing in the world and has been registering double-digit growth continuously for more than two years. IndiGo and SpiceJet have placed large orders for new aircraft.

Last week, aviation think tank said the order book of Indian carriers is expected to touch 1,123 aircraft in the coming weeks with new orders from Jet Airways and Vistara. Dominated by narrow-body planes, the order book would be the third largest for any country after the US and China, it had said.

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