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Airport Authority of India to initiate cockpit clearances soon

Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: dna

Airport Authority of India (AAI) is all set introduce "cockpit clearances" to encourage tourism, business traffic by chartered and non-scheduled operator's permit (NSOP) operations in a big scale in the country.

After launching the GPRS enabled electronic cash transactions at the Begumpet airport, Hyderabad as part of AAI's nation-wide facility, G Ashok Kumar, joint secretary in the MCA, said the exercise, which began at Juhu airport on September 21, 2013, has now spread to almost all airports in the country and thereby provided a relaxed and hassle free operations of NSOP and chartered flight operators.

"We plan to provide Wi-Fi facility so that the pilots could pay the air traffic control (ATC) etc, sitting in their cockpits" he said contending that the operators can now pay by credit cards instead of cash.

Ashok Kumar said Goa alone handled 1,150 chartered flights last year, and the relaxed and hassle free entry procedures could not promote more tourism traffic in the country.
"We already have entry-visa with over 150 countries".

He said the Civil Aviation Products Advisory Council (CAPAC) meeting held on Thursday with manufacturers, regulators and service providers had deliberated on review of the R&FC charges and the landing charges which would be a boon to promote tourism and business traffic in the country.

"Two sub-committees have been set up for reviewing the same. The meeting was attended by Mahendra Taneja and Tata representatives," Kumar said.

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