civil aviation

National Civil Aviation Policy – 2016

In June 2016, Union Cabinet has approved the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP 2016). The policy will come into effect form the second quarter of 2016-17. Since independence, this is the first time an Integrated Civil Aviation policy has been brought out by the government. Vision The cornerstones of the new policy are competition, consumers, […]


5/20 rule in Civil Aviation in India

The so called 5/20 rule is prevalent in civil aviation in India only and not other countries. This rule says that before an airline is allowed to fly abroad, it must be at least 5-year-old and must have at least 20 aircraft in its fleet. This implies that a domestic airline needs to have a […]

Indian Airlines & Air India’s Merger: Historical Background

Air India, formerly named Tata Airlines was founded by JRD Tata. It was converted into a Public Limited Company on July 29th 1946 and renamed as Air India, primarily operating on international routes. Indian Airlines (Indian Airlines Limited from 1993 and Indian Airlines Corporation from 1953 to 1993) was a major Indian airline based in […]

Current Status of Airport Privatization in India

100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is permitted for Greenfield airport projects under the automatic route. Up to 74%-100% in brownfield airport projects. Up to 49% FDI is permitted in domestic scheduled passenger airlines under the automatic route. 100% permitted for NRIs. Up to 49% FDI under the automatic route is permitted in Non-Scheduled Air Transport […]

Civil Aviation Sector in India

India is the fastest-growing aviation market. Liberalisation of the aviation sector in nineties resulted in a remarkable growth, as a large number of private service airlines entered the sector. The total number of airports or airfields recognisable from the air are more than 475 however, only 75 are in use and the number of operational airports […]