GoAir Asks Civil Aviation Ministry To Relax 20-Aircraft Norm To Fly Abroad

GoAir has asked for permission to be allowed to fly international with its present fleet size of 12 aircraft. The airline has asked waiver from the norm that makes it mandatory for schedule airlines to have a minimum of 20 aircraft to be eligible to fly abroad. According to Ministry officials, the government is ‘seriously considering’ the request.

The airline has given examples of foreign carriers like GMC Airlines — the oldest private airline of Bangladesh, and Royal Nepal Airlines, which have a fleet size of less than ten and still fly to and from India. The carrier has argued that when foreign carriers can be allowed to operate from India with lesser number of aircraft, why cannot the domestic carriers be allowed to go international without such restriction.

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