Mumbai: Aviation regulator DGCA has commenced a special safety audit of domestic airlines following the direction of aviation minister Suresh Prabhu in the wake of a series of incidents, both on the ground and in the skies, a senior official said Thursday. The special audit is currently being conducted on all Delhi-based scheduled air operators, while the exercise on the Mumbai-based airlines will be carried out from 15 October, the DGCA official told PTI. Of the nine scheduled operators, budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet have their AOP (air operator permit) registered in Gurugram, while full-service carrier Vistara has National carrier Air India, its subsidiary Air India Express and private operators Jet Airways, JetLite and GoAir have their registered offices. Another budget carrier AirAsia India has its AOP registered in Bengaluru. Representational image. AFP The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is conducting the audit in the areas of flight operations quality … [Read more...] about DGCA starts special safety audit of domestic airlines following direction of aviation minister in the wake of a series of incidents
Is Nigeria ready for the competition that will arise from the Single African Air Transport Market? Though indigenous operators are opposed to it, the government and some stakeholders believe that domestic carriers will be better positioned to reap from the market. MUYIWA LUCAS reports. It was the gathering of African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). Among the burning issues determined at the meeting, which held early last January, was the inauguration of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). With one voice, the gathering launched the liberalisation of the continent’s airspace for airlines registered in Africa, thereby liberalising aviation rules and regulations among the member countries. The policy, which literarily translates to open skies operation for African airlines within the continent, was aimed at creating a free market environment for airlines registered … [Read more...] about Will domestic airlines benefit from Single African market?
Domestic airline operators have said the new National Carrier known as Nigeria Air will not be a threat to them but called on the federal government to provide a level-playing field for all operators. The operators disclosed this at a forum in Lagos. According to them, government’s decision to float a national carrier is a good one, but providing a level-playing field will protect their investments and give room for healthy competition. Chairman of Air Peace, Barr Allen Onyema decried a situation where foreign airlines are given preference to the detriment of domestic airlines. “The new national carrier should not be given any undue advantage over other airlines as the owners are investors too,” he said. Managing director /chief executive officer of Medview Airlines, Alhaji Muneer Bankole stated that the national carrier is not a threat to domestic airlines. He said, “Some people feel that the introduction of the national carrier will enable the domestic … [Read more...] about Nigeria Air: Domestic Airlines Demand Level-playing Field
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Domestic airlines have employed 298 foreign pilots and the carriers have been advised to reduce their dependence on overseas pilots, according to the government. The Civil Aviation Ministry today informed the Lok Sabha that the existing provision for allowing foreign pilots to fly India-registered aircraft on the basis of Foreign Aircrew Temporary Authorisation (FATA) is up to December 31, 2020. The total number of foreign pilots employed by various domestic airlines is 298, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply. “Keeping in view the projected requirements of 1,043 aircraft to be inducted by schedule airlines over a period of next eight years and air crew/ aircraft utilisation, there is a projected requirement of approximately 12,516 pilots in the country by 2025,” he said. The minister said all domestic airlines have been advised to develop their in-house strength to reduce the dependency on foreign pilots. “Accordingly, airlines … [Read more...] about Domestic airlines have 298 foreign pilots, says government