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Magic Air runs into turbulent weather even before takeoff

 

BY OUR AVIATION CORRESPONDENT

14th August 2005:Magic Air, a start-up airline, has run into turbulent weather with the government stating that it cannot permit a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to operate an airline in the country. 

The airline was proposed Nira Radia, a PIO, and was slated to be launched from November. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said that the existing civil aviation requirements stipulate that a scheduled or non-scheduled air transport operators permit could only be granted to Indian citizens.

Under the rules, a permit could also be provided to a company or a body whose effective control was vested with Indian nationals, the letter said.Hence, PIOs, who are not Indian citizens, cannot be permitted to operate air transport services in terms of the present regulation, it said.The ministry was also examining amending aviation rules to permit PIOs own and operate airlines in the country, the minister said, adding, this would be conducted in consultation with all concerned.

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