MRO acilities to get a hilli ndia s ivil Aviation Sector
NEW DELHI. In a written reply to a question in Parliament (Lok Sabha), Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Mr Jayant Sinha stated that while adequate facilities for maintenance and repair of planes existed in the country, but for overhaul only limited facilities are available, forcing operators to take their planes to other countries for overhaul. Out of 110 Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MROs) approved in India, only 7 are capable of carrying out overhaul of planes. To increase the business potential, employment generation and foreign exchange earnings in the country, the Indian government has made major provisions in the Budget announcements for 2016-17. These provisions will help Indian MRO companies to become globally competitive.
Apart from doing away with many stifling rules with regard to import of duty on spare parts, the government has also taken steps to encourage foreign operators to bring their aircraft for MRO work to India. One major concession would allow Foreign aircraft brought to India for MRO work to stay for the entire period of maintenance or up to six months, whichever is lesser, provided it undertakes no commercial flights during the stay period. The aircraft would however, be allowed to carry passengers in the flights at the beginning and end of the stay period in India. Stay beyond six months due to unavoidable reasons may also be allowed by the DGCA in exceptional circumstances.