India liberalises Aircraft Imports

The Indian government has scrapped its aircraft acquisition committee (AAC), meaning domestic airlines will find it easier to import aircraft. The AAC individually scrutinised each request to import an aircraft into the country, often delaying the process. Axing the scheme, which was only introduced a year ago, will help to “liberalise the market”, India’s civil aviation minister, Ajit Singh has said. Domestic airlines will still have to report to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to register an aircraft before it enters the country, however, the softened rules should support the country’s ambition to grow its air travel industry.

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