The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation imposed a fine of ₹1.20 crore on IndiGo over an incident in which passengers were seen eating on the tarmac of Mumbai airport, PTI said on Wednesday.
Also overall ₹A fine of Rs 90 lakh has been imposed on airport operator Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) over the incident – ₹60 lakh from BCAS and ₹30 lakh from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Earlier on Tuesday, the ministry had issued a notice to IndiGo airline and Mumbai International Airport over the viral video that showed passengers eating on the airport tarmac.
A social media user posted a video of IndiGo Goa-Delhi passengers “having dinner right next to the Indigo plane.” The video went viral in no time. In the viral video, people could be seen sitting on the airport tarmac, eating and sharing food while some were using their mobile phones and resting right next to the IndiGo aircraft.
In a statement released afterwards, Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport said: “Indigo 6E 2195 (Goa to Delhi) was diverted due to adverse weather conditions.”
“As the flight was already significantly delayed in Goa, the passengers were irate and rushed out of the aircraft as soon as the stepladder was connected,” the airport statement said ANI.
It added: “The airport operators, in coordination with CISF QRT, cordoned off passengers in a containment zone as passengers refused to board the airline's coach and walk to the terminal building. The passengers were under strict supervision of airline authorities and security until then. Further measures were taken.”
Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia called a midnight meeting with ministry officials on the issue, an official statement said. Subsequently, the Civil Aviation and Security Bureau issued the notice to IndiGo and the airport on Tuesday.
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The notice to IndiGo referred to Rule 51 of the Aircraft (Security) Rules, 2023, for failure to follow aviation safety procedures on Flight 6E 2195, which was diverted to Mumbai on January 14.
“Both IndiGo and Mumbai International Airport failed to proactively anticipate the situation and make appropriate arrangements to facilitate passengers at the airport,” said an official aware of the development.
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