The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Friday, said it saw no reason to keep on hold the processing of AirAsia India’s application for Air Operator Permit (AOP). The regulator disposed the objections that were filed against the carrier being given the permit.
AirAsia India is a joint venture of Malaysian carrier AirAsia, Tata Sons and Telestra TradePlace. It operates international flights from cities in South India.
In an official notice issued on Friday, the DGCA said the committee, formed to examine objections/representations from general public and affected parties on providing an AOP to the airline, “in its report has not found any reason to keep on hold the processing of application of AirAsia (India) for issuance of AOP.”
Stating that he agreed with the report and the conclusions drawn by the committee, Prabhat Kumar, Director-General of Civil Aviation, said, “They have not been able to make out any case against Air Asia (India) for refusing to consider its application for grant of AOP.” “…it is decided to consider the application of Air Asia (India) Pvt. Ltd., for issuance of Air Operator’s Permit,” he added.
In April last year, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board had approved the $30-million deal to launch AirAsia India.
The airline had also received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Civil Aviation Ministry last year.