NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has warned airlines against operating unauthorised charter flights from UAE to India and said that such flights will not be allowed to land here. The move comes two days after repatriation flights operated by a UAE budget carrier landed in Mumbai without seeking prior approval from the state government due to which hapless passengers had to face a lot of trouble on arrival.
“It has been noticed that the some of the charter flights coming from UAE to India did not have requisite Indian state consent required for the operation of such flights. In view of the above, it has been decided that the airline shall submit the approval of the concerned state government to the air traffic control (ATC) of the point of destination prior to their departure from airports in UAE,” DGCA deputy DG Sunil Kumar said in an order titled “requirement of state consent for inbound charter flights from UAE” issued Wednesday.
“ATC shall not allow the arrival unless the above approval is provided to them. This will come into effect after 24 hours of the issue of this letter,” the DGCA letter sent to Airports Authority of India member (air navigation services) Vineet Gulati says.