Wednesday, October 21, 2020

India limits non-scheduled freighter flights to six airports

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has limited non-scheduled and ad hoc cargo flights by foreign carriers to six airports.

The change in country’s open sky policy was made following a government review and it is hoped the move will promote India’s airfreight carriers.

“The changes have been made with a view to ensure fair and equal opportunity in the air cargo capacity offered by Indian registered airlines and airlines registered elsewhere,” a circular from the Ministry of Civil Aviation read.

As per the revised policy, the operation of foreign ad hoc and pure non-scheduled freighter charter service flights have been restricted to operate at six airports; Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

According to the Hindu news service, Cochin International Airport has warned that the move will curtail exports — in particular perishables — from the airport as most of the cargo flights from the airport were carried out by foreign airlines, particularly from the Middle East.

20/10/20 Damian Brett/aircargo news

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