Govt may relax norms for Indian carriers to operate abroad
Oct 07 2013 , New Delhi
All Indian airlines barring GoAir have been flying overseas fulfilling these requirements, but changes in these norms are being keenly awaited by two start-up airlines, AirAsia India and Tata-Singapore Airlines.
GoAir has also urged the Civil Aviation Ministry to consider relaxing rules which allow only those airlines to fly abroad which have operated in the domestic sector for five years and have 20 aircraft in their fleet.
"I personally see no logic in such a rule. I feel there should not be any cap, but I have asked Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to look into the issue and suggest. Accordingly, we will move the Cabinet," Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told reporters here.
To questions on the Route Dispersal Guidelines which mandate airlines to operate to socially important but financially unviable routes like in the Northeast, J&K and island territories, he said he favoured a gradual process of doing away with such rules, barring the Northeast.
On privatisation of six airports including Kolkata and Chennai, Singh said the Ministry was currently "looking into the concession agreements".
He also made it clear that he would strive to ensure that Airport Development Fee (ADF) was not charged at these airports. However, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority was free to levy navigation, parking and landing charges along with the user development fee, he said.