3 aircraft fleet must for commercial air charters


Aviation regulator DGCA is proposing to bar air charter operators from commercial flying if they do not have a three-aircraft fleet within a year of operations, provoking consternation among business jet firms.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has come up with a proposed rule which would permit a non-scheduled operator (NSOP) to launch operations with one plane or a helicopter, but raise its fleet size to at least three within a year of securing the air operator’s permit, reports Economic Times.

The existing NSOPs, which do not have three planes, would be given one year to either have a three-aircraft fleet or convert themselves to private category in which case, they would not be able to carry out commercial or chartered flights, official sources said. The aircraft could either be purchased or leased.


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