Norms for scheduled airlines issued

New Delhi, Jan 25 | Updated: Jan 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
The civil aviation ministry has issued guidelines for scheduled carriers to launch global operations, making it mandatory for them to have at least 20 aircraft, five years of domestic operations and security clearance from the home ministry.

Under the guidelines issued by the directorate-general of civil aviation (DGCA), the airlines eligible to fly abroad would also have to get approval of the aircraft acquisition committee and have a valid air operators permit.

The government could ban any carrier from flying on a particular route for two years if it failed to fully use the rights granted for that route, an official statement said here on Tuesday. The entitlements could be reviewed in case an airline reduced its domestic operations.

The guidelines come in the backdrop of government allowing private carriers Jet Airways and Air Sahara to fly on international routes, besides Air India and Indian Airlines.

Ministry officials last week briefed representatives of the four carriers on the new guidelines and wanted them to give further details on certain issues.