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SpiceJet flights stopped by air traffic control for non-payment of fees

On Friday morning, several SpiceJet planes were halted through air traffic control at Delhi airport as the plane failed to make the imperative daily payment to the Airports Authority of India. Sources said air traffic control, which is a branch of AAI, was ordered not to allow the airline’s plane to take off because the payout had not been made. AAI placed SpiceJet in “cash and carry” mode from around 2020, due to the airline’s inability to pay airport charges.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said the daily payment failed due to a technical glitch in SAP, the software through which the airline makes payment.

The cash and carry mode involves the AAI’s credit facility being withdrawn as SpiceJet was unable to settle dues and must now make daily airport usage fee payments to the AAI for continue its operations. SpiceJet must pay cash in advance for airport use.

“The automatic daily payment could not be processed. The same is done manually to AAI who has been notified of the problem. SpiceJet flight operations now continue as normal,” he said.

For the nine months ended December 2021, SpiceJet had recorded a consolidated loss of Rs 1,259 crore due to higher operating expenses. It suffered a loss of Rs 773 crore in 9MFY21. Total operating revenue increased by 44% year-on-year to Rs 4,733 crore from Rs 3,283 crore.

The flight tracking website said nearly twelve SpiceJet takeoffs in the early hours of Friday were delayed by up to 90 minutes.

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