Air charter operators must comply before permission to fly abroad: DGCA

Non-scheduled operators (charter flights) will have to fulfil operational requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) before they can be granted a clearance to fly abroad, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Monday. To secure compliance with ICAO, operators might have to hire personnel in air safety and air worthiness.

“We will fast-track the process and are creating special teams to coordinate with these companies. There are 8-10 companies, which are close to fulfilling the requirements,” Director-General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra told Business Standard.

According to sources in the know, only about a third of non-scheduled operators are close to complying with the requirements laid down by ICAO to pursue air service operations. The requirements laid down by ICAO pertain to the technical capabilities of an aircraft, training of personnel and documentation.

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