AirAsia India gets closer to getting flying permit

PTI Posted online: Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : In a step forward for issuance of flying permit to AirAsia India, aviation regulator DGCA today disposed of the objections against the start-up carrier filed by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) and some others.

The objections raised by FIA and others on the AirAsia India issue have been "disposed of", official sources said here.

Thus, AirAsia India, a joint venture of Malaysian carrier AirAsia, Tata Sons and Telestra TradePlace, moved a step forward towards getting the Air Operators Permit or the permit to fly.

Without giving any specific time line for the grant of a flying license to the new airline, the sources said "it is expected shortly".

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had sought feedback from the general public and the affected parties on providing an air operator permit (AOP) to the airline for almost a month.

These objections and suggestions were being examined over the past few days, the sources said. This was the first time the regulator had invoked the rule seeking objections from the public before granting a flying license.

In April last year, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board had approved the USD 30-million deal to launch AirAsia India. It received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Ministry last year.

AirAsia India was also granted in-principle approval for import of 10 Airbus A-320-200 aircraft in December last year.