• India introduces Scheduled Commuter airline category

    In an effort to increase participation in the Indian government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has unveiled a new category of commercial operator aimed specifically at the commuter carrier niche.

    “In order to promote/enhance regional connectivity, the concept of Scheduled Commuter Air Transport Services has been introduced,” the aviation regulator said in a proposal issued last week.

    The Commuter sector will be broken down into two categories: Scheduled Commuter Operator (Small) for operators whose aircraft do not exceed a gross-weight of 5,700kg and Scheduled Commuter Operator (Large) for those whose aircraft’s gross-weights are more than 5,700 kg and up to 40,000 kg. In the event a mixed fleet is operated, the requirements for a Scheduled Commuter Operator (Large) shall have to be complied with.

    In terms of capitalization, Scheduled Commuter Operators (Small) with up to three aircraft will need to have a paid-up capital of at least INR50 million (USD740,000) which increases to a maximum of INR150 million (USD2.2 million) for each additional aircraft added to its AOC. Willie Brown Authentic Jersey

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