Air Transport Services

DGCA, under the provisions of Rule 134 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 grants permission to persons to operate an air transport service to, within and from India.

The air transport services offered are the:

These permits are equivalent to the Air Operator's Certificate required to be granted by ICAO member States in accordance with the provisions of Annex 6. Permits for any other special type of operation can be granted subject to the applicant showing satisfactory capability to undertake the type of operations.

Guidelines for Obtaining a Permit

Air Transport Circular 1 of 1997 gives the procedure to be followed for grant of the permits and the various requirements which an applicant has to fulfill for obtaining the permit. 

The issuance of a permit is dependent upon the applicant demonstrating an adequate Organisation, method of control and supervision of flight operations, training programme and maintenance arrangements consistent with the nature and extent of the operations specified. 

Single-Engined Charter Operations
DGCA also permits use of single-engined aeroplanes for Charter operations. The Airworthiness and operational requirements for Charter Operation using single-engined aeroplanes are given in Civil Aviation Requirements Section 3 Series 'C' Part VI.
Other Services
  • Commencement   of Scheduled International Air Services by a Foreign Airline -  AIC 3 of 2000
  • Import of Aircraft on Short term on wet lease basis -  AIC 3 of 1998
  • Open  Sky  Policy  for  Cargo  Flights  to India AIC 18 of 1992   
  • Foreign Equity Participation in the Domestic Air Transport Sector - AIC 4 of 2004  
  • Operations of Inclusive Tourist Package Charter Flights to and from India - AIC 2 of 2004