Aviation Ministry to seek cabinet approval for changes in 5/20 norm

aviationNEW DELHI: The Civil Aviation Ministry would soon submit a draft note on the proposed changes in the controversial 5/20 norm to the Cabinet for approval.The norm mandates Indian carriers to be in operation for at least five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft to be eligible to fly on international routes.

“The ministry will move the draft note on the 5/20 rule to the cabinet for its approval next week,” official sources said today.

The Ministry had earlier sent the proposed changes in the existing rule for inter-ministerial consultations.

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Civil Aviation Ministry not to regulate airfares after analysis, okays price structure

civilNEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry has dropped its plan to regulate airfares. The decision, which spells a relief for airlines, came after the ministry’s analysis of lowest and highest fares showed fares have come down or only marginally

increased in the past few years.

The ministry has decided against regulating fares even as members of Parliament and a parliamentary panel urged it to put in place a mechanism. Its analysis since January-March 2014 on six key routes showed fares have lowered or marginally increased

“We did a quarterly analysis of fares for some quarters and it shows that fares have not gone up to the extent costs for airlines have. As of now, we do not see any reasoning behind regulating fares. All airlines declare their minimum and maximum
fares to the aviation regulator every month and that it is a transparent enough mechanism to check fares,” civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told ET in an interview recently.

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Aviation ministry to send back all junior staff on deputation from various PSUs to save sensitive data

aviation-ministryNEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry has for the first time decided to send back all executives below the rank of assistant manager who are on deputation to the ministry from various public sector undertakings, an attempt to further tighten loopholes that could lead to leakage of sensitive information.

“The decision to send back the subordinate staff on deputation was taken on Thursday at a meeting of senior officers to make security at the ministry foolproof,” said a senior official. The staff on deputation at the offices of both Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati and the minister of state Mahesh Sharma will also be asked to return to the PSUs, added the official, who did not wish to be identified. Airports Authority of India.

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Over 700 positions vacant at aviation regulator DGCA

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NEW DELHI: Over 700 positions are vacant at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) out of the sanctioned strength of 1,393, a reflection of substantial manpower shortage at the organisation.

The number of positions that have been filled up is about 508, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

To a query on whether there is shortage of manpower at DGCA, including in the flight operations inspection department, Sharma replied in the affirmative.

Over 700 posts are vacant at the regulator, he said. Out of the 658 sanctioned posts in the Group A level, 302 are filled up and another 52 posts have been filled up on short term contract basis, the Minister said.

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Aviation Ministry seeks advice from former NDA ministers on new policy

aviation-latest-news-indiaNEW DELHI: Afterconsulting stakeholders, the aviation ministry is seeking the views of exministers from the previous NDA government on revising the norms for airlines to fly abroad.

“I have now written to former aviation ministers from the NDA regime to share their ideas on the new aviation policy and also on the policy to replace the 5-year, 20-aircraft criteria for Indian carriers to fly abroad,” said aviation minister Ashok Gjapati Raju. Raju feels that the current eligibility criteria stifle the growth of Indian carriers.

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Regional carriers likely to get nod to fly additional metro route

regional-carriers-likely-to-get-nod-to-flyNEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry is likely to allow regional airlines to operate flights on high density and high revenue routes to help them offset their losses incurred on low revenue routes, a move that will benefit carriers such as Air Costa and Air Pegasus.

“We require a lot of regional carriers to provide connectivity in areas which are underserved. Allowing regional carriers to offset losses made on regional routes and earn a little more by operating flights on high-density routes will ensure that the regional airline model is viable. The model is being actively discussed and we will soon take a decision,” said a senior civil aviation ministry official.Read More: http://goo.gl/URDJdy

Government plans to introduce new civil aviation policy by May 15

aviationNEW DELHI: The government plans to put in place the much-awaited civil aviation policy by the middle of next month, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said today.

According to an official, the Civil Aviation Ministry has already circulated the proposed norms for overseas operations by Indian airlines for inter-ministerial consultations.

“The ministry has sent its proposed revised norms for the domestic carriers wishing to fly abroad for inter-ministerial consultations, before sending it to the Cabinet for approval,” the official said.

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