The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) stating minimum requirements for grant of permit to operate scheduled passenger air transport services. Scheduled air transport service’ means an air transport service undertaken between the same two or more places and operated according to a published time table or with flights so regular or frequent that they constitute a recognizably systematic series, each flight being open to use by members of the public.
The eligibility requirements for grant of permit to operate scheduled passenger air transport services are as under-
· A Scheduled Operator's Permit can be granted only to:
a) a citizen of India; or
b) a company or a body corporate provided that:
i. it is registered and has its principal place of business within India;
ii. its chairman and at least two-thirds of its directors are citizens of India; and,
iii. its substantial ownership and effective control is vested in Indian nationals.
· Before the Scheduled Operator's Permit is issued, an applicant shall have Paid up Capital:
i. Airlines operating with aircraft with takeoff mass equal to or exceeding 40,000 kg.
a) upto 5 aircraft – Rs 50 crores
b) for each addition of up to five aircraft, additional equity investment of Rs 20 crores will be required.
ii. Airlines operating with aircraft with takeoff mass not exceeding 40,000 kg.
a) upto 5 aircraft – Rs 20 crores
b) for each addition of up to five aircraft, additional equity investment of Rs 10 crores will be required.
· A fleet of minimum five aeroplanes or five multi-engine helicopters either by outright purchase or through lease. The aeroplanes shall be of maximum certified takeoff mass of more than 5,700 kg and type certified meeting the requirements of transport category aircraft acceptable to DGCA. Multi-engine helicopters shall be of maximum certified takeoff mass of more than 3180 kg and type certified meeting the requirements of transport category helicopters acceptable to DGCA. The aircraft shall be registered in India and shall hold a current Certificate of Airworthiness in Normal Passenger category. For leased aircraft, a copy of lease deed shall be filed with the DGCA. To facilitate the start of the operations, operators will be permitted to operate with one aeroplane/ helicopter and will be given one year’s time from the date of securing operator’s permit, to have the fleet size of five aircraft. Within this period of one year, the operator will be permitted to operate scheduled services if they meet all airworthiness, air safety and operational requirements for such operations, fulfill the route dispersal guidelines and all other requirements applicable to a scheduled operator.
[F. No. AV 14027/2/02-AT-1]