Thursday, December 07, 2017

Flying in and out of India by chartered flights to be easier

New Delhi: Come December 15, private planes and charter jets registered in India will find flying in and out of the country a breeze. Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), B S Bhullar, said the pre-condition of taking clearance from the regulatory agency (called YA number) will be removed for Indian-registered charter flight or private jets to fly out of the country from December 15. The regulator may extend this relief to foreign registered charter flight or private jets by January-end.
Currently both Indian aircraft owners and foreign jet setters find it tough to go abroad and fly in, respectively, due to a maze of rules. The situation is worse if business leaders or high net worth individuals have a last-minute travel plan on a weekend when government offices are closed and are unable to give the required clearances.
After holding discussions with other government agencies like security and defence ministries on this issue, the aviation authorities decided to remove the pre-condition of YA number for Indian-registered business and charter aircraft jets to facilitate the ease of doing business. These operators will then just file their flight plan with air traffic control and go abroad.
07/12/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India