“The comprehensive audit by ICAO firmly establishes SpiceJet’s credentials as a safe airline. SpiceJet was the only scheduled Indian airline part of the audit conducted by ICAO under Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) Continuous Monitoring Approach. The audit of SpiceJet safety systems helped India achieve its highest ever safety ranking in ICAO audit,” the airline said in a statement on Monday.
ICAO Auditing Committee’s had on November 14, 2022, visited SpiceJet’s head office, from where all its flights are controlled, and the airline’s flight dispatch offices at Delhi Airport. They had audited and reviewed the various flight critical functions and operational areas such as flight planning, weather assessment, route planning, aircraft serviceability, operations to critical airports, pilot rostering systems and cabin safety procedures.
SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said: “The ICAO audit is the benchmark of safety. We are proud that our safety culture, systems, processes and operations have been found to be in order and at par with the global best practices and safety standards. We are proud that SpiceJet was the only scheduled Indian airline to undergo validation checks by ICAO in this audit. SpiceJet is truly humbled at playing a role in India achieving the highest ever safety ranking and making it to the top 50 nations in terms of ICAO aviation safety audit scores. This audit is a testament to the highest standard of safety followed by SpiceJet.”
Indian aviation safety oversight mechanism is now among the top 50 countries of the world at the 48th spot — a quantum leap from its 102nd rank four years ago. ICAO had last month audited the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to check its effective implementation (EI) of critical safety elements. Following that, the United Nation’s aviation arm has given the DGCA its highest ever EI score of 85.49% which puts India on the 48th spot, say top officials — a vast improvement from the last audit in 2018 score of 69.95% where India was at the 102nd rank with countries like Nepal (101st spot) Pakistan (100th spot), Bangladesh (94th spot) and Sudan (89th spot) above it. Now at its current 48th spot, India’s EI score is now above that of countries like China (49), Israel (50), Turkey (54), Denmark (55) and Poland (60).
SpiceJet was till recently under the DGCA’s scanner following a spate of incident. The regulator had capped the number of flights it could operate in this summer. The same was lifted at the start of the winter schedule from October-end after the regulator was satisfied that the airline’s operations met safety requirements. The airline has been trying to raise funds for the past few months.