Air Carnival loses flying licence

Air Carnival loses flying licence

Jun 19, 2017: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended Coimbatore-based carrier Air Carnival’s flying licence. The carrier did not operate a single flight since early April.

While the government has been laying emphasis on the regional connectivity, this is the third regional carrier, after Air Pegasus and Air Costa, whose air operator permit has been suspended by the aviation regulator in the last eight months.

The DGCA suspended Air Operator Permit (AOP) of Air Carnival after it reportedly failed to satisfy the regulator in its response to a show-cause notice.

As per Section 15(2)(b) of Schedule XI of the Aircraft Rules 1937, DGCA may cancel or suspend permit of an airline for such period as it thinks fit, if it is satisfied that the holder of the permit has failed to establish a safe, efficient and reliable service.

However, before cancelling or suspending the flying permit of an operator, the regulator issues a show-cause notice with a two-weeks time to respond.

Promoted by the CMC Group (Coimbatore Marine College), Air Carnival had started operations last July with one ATR- 72 aircraft.