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Indian carriers may not need prior govt nod to import aircraft

NEW DELHI: Indian airlines will no longer require prior permission to import aircraft as the Civil Aviation Ministry plans to do away with the norm to facilitate ease of doing business.The move is part of a slew of initiatives taken to improve business conditions in the domestic aviation sector. The Ministry also expects to soon unveil the much-awaited aviation policy that would help attract more investments into the sector, which is bleeding for years together due to red tapism and over regulations. Officials said the Ministry is actively considering to do away with the prior approval requirement for importing aircraft.

The idea is to bring down the procedural steps in order to improve the ease of doing business.

At the same time, it would be ensured that security and other key aspects are not compromised, they added.

The Ministry has already written to the Commerce and Industry Ministry as well as the RBI on the matter, they said. At present, domestic airlines should have approval in place from the Ministry before they seek clearance from the Commerce and Industry Ministry, and the RBI.

When asked for his views about the proposal of shelving prior approval need for aircraft import, no-frills carrier SpiceJet’s chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor said reducing the red tape is always good.

To cater to the rising number of travellers, carriers are looking to expand their fleet.

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