DGCA restricts cargo flights by non-scheduled overseas operators to six airports

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19

After a spot of just about three many years, the central authorities has amended its Open Sky Policy for overseas cargo carriers with a view to making sure truthful and equal alternative within the air cargo capability provided by Indian registered operators.

The operations of overseas advert hoc and pure non-scheduled freighter constitution service flights will now be restricted to 6 airports. These are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad, in keeping with the orders issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on September 18.

The Open Sky Policy had been adopted by the central authorities in 1990 that allowed air taxi-operators to function flights from any airport, each on a constitution and a non-charter foundation and to resolve their very own flight schedules, cargo and passenger fares.

The earlier coverage on the topic promulgated by the DGCA in May 1992 had acknowledged that cargo flights by scheduled and non-scheduled operators, each Indian and overseas, could also be cleared freely from airports the place customs and immigration amenities can be found. Cargo flights into India had been additionally permitted.

In 1993, there have been 11 operators in India with a fleet of 27 plane holding non-scheduled operators allow. By 2019, this sector had grown to 98 operators and 317 plane. DGCA knowledge reveals that whereas Indian non-scheduled operators carried 4,752 passengers within the worldwide phase in 2018-19, no cargo was carried that yr.

The recent limitations on airports that can be utilized is not going to apply to all-cargo flights operated underneath humanitarian and emergency wants by means of the United Nations and different multilateral our bodies of which India is a member.

All-cargo flights employed by or carrying cargo belonging to any central and state authorities ministry, division of public sector endeavor may also be permitted to function with requisite precedence to and from any airport in India the place customs and immigration amenities can be found.

DGCA has additionally mentioned that Indian operators going through any systemic and non-systemic discriminatory and restrictive practices or regulatory impediments in working worldwide cargo flights in any of the overseas nations ought to carry such points to its information for acceptable motion.

Foreign carriers should apply for clearances for cargo flights to the DGCA which reserves the precise to disclaim permission for working such flights. Flight operators are required to satisfy the stipulated operational and security necessities. 

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