DGCA Pulls Up UAE Carriers For Violating Air Charter Norms


The DGCA has stopped UAE airlines for not obeying charter standards under the MHA and MoCA SOPs and the agreement between the UAE and the Indian aviation authorities.

According to the agreement between the two countries, airlines in the UAE can only sell tickets in one direction and operate charter flights if they come to India for this period from 15 days to July 26.

Each charter requires approval from the state in which they will land and the Indian Embassy, ​​which is required to ensure that the flight is a legitimate charter commissioned by a corporate or community organization has been.

The violations are:

  • Selling tickets on website for flights that are supposed to be chartered.
  • Not taking permission (NOC) from the state government before landing a chartered flight
  • Not informing Indian Embassy before landing a chartered flight

UAE airline flights landed in Mumbai on two consecutive days this week.

According to Times Now’s report, the required approval (ie, NOC) isn’t granted.

According to the report, they had not been contacted about the required charter permits but did not want to comment further. They said that this may be due to a lack of knowledge of the rules in force.

Despite this, tickets are still sold on the websites of all major UAE airlines, which violates the agreement between the two countries and the guidelines of the Indian government.


As per DGCA sources, their approval has been given to airlines on condition that they meet the criteria set by the MHA, MoCA SOPs.

Sources also say that the letter to UAE carriers now includes a reminder of the conditionality that was introduced when the permit was issued.

UAE airlines are only allowed to charter flights to India.

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Manish Khandelwal
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