Indigo Airlines penalized 1.2 Crores by BCAS for Tarmac Dinning

In the wake of a viral video showcasing passengers indulging in on-the-tarmac dining at Mumbai Airport, both IndiGo Airlines and Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) find themselves facing significant fines imposed by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This stern action underscores the crucial need for maintaining safety protocols within the aviation sector.

IndiGo Airlines, in particular, has been slapped with a hefty Rs 1.2 crore fine by the BCAS for its role in the controversial incident. Simultaneously, MIAL, the operator of Mumbai Airport, has been fined Rs 60 lakh, emphasizing the gravity of the breach in airport regulations.

Moreover, the DGCA has extended its penalties beyond this specific incident. In addition to the Rs 30 lakh fine on MIAL, both Air India and SpiceJet have also been handed Rs 30 lakh fines each. These penalties are a result of pilot rostering lapses that occurred during flight operations in low visibility conditions, as confirmed by the aviation watchdog.

These actions come on the heels of the Union Civil Aviation Ministry’s issuance of show-cause notices to both IndiGo Airlines and Mumbai Airport when images of passengers enjoying meals on the tarmac gained widespread attention on social media. The fines and penalties levied against the airlines and airport underscore the stringent measures being taken to ensure the adherence to safety standards within the aviation industry. This incident serves as a stark reminder for all stakeholders to prioritize and maintain compliance with established regulations to guarantee the safety and well-being of passengers and personnel alike.

(With inputs from agencies)

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