Boeing 737 Max crisis: Govt says keeping eye on fares; 30-35 SpiceJet flights to be cancelled from tomorrow

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Published: March 13, 2019 5:34:49 PM

Amid Boeing 737 Max crisis, the government on Wednesday assured passengers of monitoring fares even as 30 to 35 SpiceJet flights are expected to be cancelled from March 14.

Boeing 737 Max, SpiceJet, DGCA safety measures, DGCA, Jet Airways,Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines crashThursday will be a “challenging” day, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said.

Amid Boeing 737 Max crisis, the government on Wednesday assured passengers of monitoring fares even as 30 to 35 SpiceJet flights are expected to be cancelled from March 14. The airlines have also promised that there would not be any predatory pricing and fares wouldn’t be raised based on grounding, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said. Thursday will be a “challenging” day, he told reporters.

Advistories would only be issued if predatory pricing issues are observed, he added. Only 14 flights were cancelled today and all the passengers have been adjusted in other flights, he said, adding that no no Boeing 737 Max aircraft will fly over the Indian airspace after 4 pm.

SpiceJet has 12 such aircraft in its fleet and Jet Airways has five, which have already been grounded.

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DGCA has been monitoring the B737 MAX matter very closely and inputs were sought from Boeing  and other global aviation regulators before taking the decision. However, as of now, all flights of B737 MAX have been grounded, he noted.

The government will seek information from regulators and manufacturers before lifting suspension, he added.

DGCA held an emergency meeting with all airlines earlies in the day. The meeting comes in the backdrop of action being taken against Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after one such plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed near Addis Ababa, killing 157 passengers, including four Indians. This happened a few months after a Boeing 737 Max aircraft of Lion Air went down over Java Sea.

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