Bill to replace DGCA with other body in winter session: Govt

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 29 2012, 09:44am hrs
Government plans to introduce a Bill to replace aviation regulator DGCA with a more autonomous body in the winter session of Parliament as part of a host of measures to meet fresh challenges in the aviation sector.

Among the measures being considered by the civil aviation ministry is auctioning of some prime-time flying slots to end the opaqueness in their allocation by airport operators.

The ministry plans to table in the winter session, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Bill to replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to make CAA an autonomous body with more powers, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said here.

We will be coming up with a new computerised system of slot allotment at airports, which is presently allotted to airlines by the airports. There is no transparency in it. We are also mulling to auction some prime slots, he told.

Some airlines could lose some slots, like those allocated to them but were not being operated, he said.