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SpiceJet cancels 1,800 flights

SpiceJet had an emergency meeting in Chennai on Monday to discuss the way ahead for the airline. File photo: K. Ananthan

SpiceJet had an emergency meeting in Chennai on Monday to discuss the way ahead for the airline. File photo: K. Ananthan   | Photo Credit: K_Ananthan

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DGCA had asked the airline not to take bookings beyond a month

Kalanithi Maran-owned SpiceJet has cancelled almost 1,800 flights across the country till December 31. On an average 81 flights per day. Most of them were domestic flights and a few to Kathmandu in Nepal. A detailed list was uploaded on SpiceJet’s website on Monday.

On December 5, the DGCA asked SpiceJet not to take bookings beyond a month. However, the website had a mention that bookings are open till October 24, 2015. But SpiceJet in a statement said this restriction would be counter-productive, and it would be discussing the pros and cons of this with the DGCA. The budget carrier also had an emergency meeting in Chennai on Monday to discuss the way ahead for the airline.

A source present in the meeting, told The Hindu, “There were discussions about potential and strategic investors and future plans of the airline,” he added. He refused to comment further.

SpiceJet’s Chief Financial Officer could not be reached for his comments. Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor did not respond to phone calls, but sent an SMS, saying, “No” “Sorry, not today.”

On the cancellation Mr. Kapoor messaged: “These are not new cancels. Cancelled earlier this month.”

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