Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Govt yet to take decision on 5/20 norm for airlines

Government has not taken a decision on 5/20 norm, which requires an Indian carrier to have minimum 5 years of domestic flying and at least 20 planes for going overseas, Parliament was informed.
"No such decision has been taken," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to a Member's question. Mahesh Sharma was responding to NCP Member of Parliament Majeed Memon's question whether in the proposed new civil aviation policy, the Government is likely to favour removal of 5/20 rule to allow some private airlines to fly on international routes.
As of now three private carriers -- Jet Airways   , SpiceJet   and IndiGo -- have international operations besides the state-run Air India. GoAir, which is into domestic operations since 2005, is still not qualified for flying overseas as the airline is one short of required number of aircraft (20) in the fleet.
Besides, two Tata Sons invested airlines --AirAsia India and Vistara- which started operations only in June 2014 and January 2015 , respectively and have only six and nine aircraft in their respective fleet, also can't fly overseas under the 5/20 norm. Significantly, last week Sharma had reportedly said that the Government had firmed up three to four options on the 5/20 rule.
01/03/16 PTI/
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