Saturday, September 29, 2012

NEWS | Government plans to replace DGCA with a 'more autonomous' body

The government plans to introduce a bill to replace aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with a more autonomous body in the Winter Session of Parliament as part of a host of measures to meet fresh challenges in the aviation sector.

Among the measures being considered by the Civil Aviation Ministry is auctioning of some prime-time flying slots to end the opaqueness in their allocation by airport operators.
The Ministry plans to table in the Winter Session, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Bill to replace the DGCA. It wants to make CAA an autonomous body with more powers, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said in the national capital."We will be coming up with a new computerised system of slot allotment at airports, which is presently allotted to airlines by the airports. There is no transparency in it. We are also mulling to auction some prime slots," he told reporters.



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