Aviation ministry gives nod for import of 20 aircraft

The civil aviation ministry has cleared proposals to import 20 aircraft by three scheduled commercial airlines. This includes IndiGo that will import 11 aircraft over the 2013 calender year period.

"We have allowed import of 20 big aircraft by IndiGo, Jet Airways and GoAir and various other small aircraft by non-schedule operators. All these proposals have also been cleared by the minister," said a senior civil aviation ministry official.

The approval has come at a time when there were allegations that the government is holding up the expansion plans of private carriers by delaying the nod to import of aircraft.

"All these proposals were cleared in a meeting on February 11, 2013," said the official.

Every airline has to take approval from the Aircraft Acquisition Committee (AAC) in the civil aviation ministry twice — first before ordering the aircraft and second, before importing it.

The committee is headed by the additional secretary and financial advisor of the ministry and the civil aviation minister is the approving authority.

In November last year, permission for only 5 out of 16 aircraft by IndiGo was cleared on the grounds that the new route dispersal guidelines will be taken into account before clearing the proposal.

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