Friday, February 19, 2016

Scrapping 5/20 rule will bring India in sync with US, Canada

New Delhi: If India does away with the 5/20 rule then it will bring its aviation rules in line with those followed in the US, Canada, Australia and the UAE.

These countries do not lay down any eligibility criteria in terms of the number of years of continued domestic operations or the number of aircraft for their carriers to start international operations, a senior government official said.

In comparison, the European Aviation Safety Agency lays down that an airline must have one or two aircraft at its disposal through either ownership or dry lease.
In December 2004, the Union Cabinet under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had approved the rule which stipulated that an Indian domestic airline must have a fleet of at least 20 aircraft and have flown in domestic skies for at least five years before becoming eligible to operate international flights. This came to be known as the 5/20 rule.
19/92/16  BusinessLine
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