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63 SpiceJet pilots face action for exceeding flight duty period

Pilots who have exceeded the flight duty period more than once have been suspended for 15 days

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A SpiceJet passenger aircraft prepares to land at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad

Aviation regulator has taken action against 63 of for operating flights beyond their stipulated hours, the government said on Thursday.

who have exceeded the period more than once have been suspended for 15 days and warnings have been issued to those who have exceeded the stipulated time only once, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told the Lok Sabha.

"During surveillance and subsequent scrutiny of records, it has been revealed that 63 of had operated flights exceeding period as laid down in Civil Aviation Requirements," he said in a written reply.

However, the Minister did not disclose specific details such as when these incidents happened.

In a separate written reply, Sinha said the new airport at Kannur in Kerala is expected to be completed by May 31, 2017.

The project is being implemented by Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) through funds from equity and term loan from banks.

"A sum of Rs 34.06 crore was released by Kerala state government to the company during financial year 2010-11, which was converted into equity during the financial year 2014-15.

"As on July 31, 2016, expenditure on the project through equity and term loan funding is Rs 1,220 crore," he said.

First Published: Thu, August 11 2016. 17:01 IST