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Only 5 airports have operating licences

Bipin Chandran in New Delhi | October 23, 2006 08:43 IST

Only five of the country's 126 airports have permits to operate now, according to the latest data with the Directorate General Of Civil Aviation.

Although the present norms require an airport to have a licence to handle aircraft and passengers, most of them, owned and operated by the Airports Authority of India, have been operating without a licence.

According to civil aviation ministry sources, airports and airport operators have been asked to obtain licences before March 31, 2007. Or they will have to shut shop.

Rule 78 of the Aircraft Rules of 1937 stipulates that, "No aerodrome shall be used as a regular place for landing and departure by a scheduled air transport service or for a series of landings and departures by any aircraft carrying passengers or cargo for hire or reward unless it has been licensed."

The airports with a licence are those in New Delhi, Mumbai, Puttaparthy, Lengpui in Mizoram and Cochin International Airport. Of these, the Delhi and Mumbai airports have now been handed over to private consortiums for their modernisation.

Government sources also said the International Civil Aviation Organisation had raised this with the government, following which the DGCA came out with a detailed set of guidelines to license airports.

The new norms require airports to have permissions from the ministry of defence, the ministry of environment and forests and local authorities, before approaching the DGCA for a licence.

The rules also stipulate that while granting clearances and permissions to new airports, the military authorities should examine and indicate that the proposed aerodrome is not causing operational constraints to defence activities due to the proximity of the site to military aerodrome/establishments and is not considered a security hazard.

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Sub: Even Govt Authorities operate without license!

This can only happen in India where even govt. authorities operate without license. Wonder if the same red tapism that doesn't operate without greasing is ...

Posted by Gautam

Sub: Licenses-Reframe rules for doing Business

It is high time we do away with the Licence Raj.. which states some rule of 1937, taking us back to British Raj! Coont we ...

Posted by Aswatha Kumar Kamale

Sub: Licences for Airports

This is another instance of the shoddy way the Govt is functioning. How can the Govt be so careless in a matter ivolving the lies ...

Posted by S.Ramaswamy

Sub: Airports withourt Licenses

This in effect means that all commercial flights out of these airports are illegal!?? If that is so how come the DGCA and the ministry ...

Posted by Dilip Nambiar



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