At least six companies have received preliminary approval from the government for launching non-scheduled air services in the first four months of this year, mirroring the rising demand for private charters .
In the whole of 2015, just ten entities received the No-Objection Certificate ( NOC ) from the civil aviation ministry.
The uptrend in granting NOCs comes against the backdrop of government making efforts to bolster the domestic aviation space, which has high growth potential.
Procuring an NOC is the first step in the approval process for starting air services in the country and, subject to fulfilment of conditions, the final nod in the form of Air Operator’s Permit (AOP) is granted by the aviation regulator, DGCA.
Latest data from the Civil Aviation Ministry shows that six companies received initial NOCs till early April this year in the ‘Non Scheduled Air Transport Services’ category.
The firms are LMCS Infra Holdings, U Y Aviation, River Engineering, Chipsan Aviation, AVV Skyshuttle and TAAL Enterprises.
Out of them, LMCS, U Y Aviation and River Engineering got the approval in February while Chipsan and AVV Skyshuttle received the nod in March. The NOC to TAAL Enterprises was given last month.
From January 2014 to April this year, as many as 34 entities have been given NOCs under the ‘Non Scheduled Air Transport Services’ segment.
During this period, four companies — including Tata SIA Airlines — got the initial nod for starting ‘Scheduled Air Transport Passenger Services’ while four others received the approval in the ‘Scheduled Air Transport Regional Services’ category, as per the data.
Tata SIA Airlines launched services in January 2015.
According to the data, a total of 43 NOCs were issued in January 2014-April 2016 period across the three segments. However, just six entities have got the AOPs.
Going by estimates, there are nearly 130 registered private charter operators in the country. Cody Parkey Womens JerseyShare This