In­dian cargo car­rier gets ‘flight clear­ance’

Wel­com­ing the move, MSD Avi­a­tion said that the Union Gov­ern­ment must support the seg­ment by cre­at­ing nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture so that there is swift move­ment of cargo at the air­port. The company is in the business of leas­ing flight crew in­ter­na­tion­ally to

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After pro­vid­ing ini­tial ap­provals to six air­lines to op­er­ate na­tional and re­gional pas­sen­ger ser­vices since com­ing to power in May, the new Gov­ern­ment has is­sued a No-Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate to a Del­hibased company, MSD Avi­a­tion Pvt Ltd, to launch a cargo car­rier.

"The air­line will now have to ap­ply to the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion for a per­mit," a se­nior civil avi­a­tion min­istry of­fi­cial said.

The company is in the business of leas­ing flight crew in­ter­na­tion­ally, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on its web­site. An ex­ec­u­tive at the company said it could share its plans only after get­ting a for­mal ap­proval let­ter from the min­istry.

"There should be in­fra­struc­ture in place to al­low swift move­ment of cargo at air­ports across the coun­try and last-mile con­nec­tiv­ity for th­ese goods," said Vish­was Udgirkar, se­nior di­rec­tor for Deloitte in In­dia.

“There are many com­pa­nies in In­dia that are deal­ing in high­value and low-weight prod­ucts like mo­bile phones and they would pre­fer to trans­port their prod­ucts through air cargo,” he added.

"Th­ese com­pa­nies are ready to pay a pre­mium, if it as­sures quicker trans­port of their goods." The avi­a­tion min­istry of­fi­cial said Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter

Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju Pusap­ati be­lieves that In­dian car­ri­ers do not have much of a say in the air-cargo seg­ment in the coun­try.

"The min­is­ter wants the In­dian car­ri­ers to carry a large amount of cargo from In­dia and wants more and more cargo air­lines to start and this ap­proval is a step to­wards that di­rec­tion," said the of­fi­cial.

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