Indigo and SpiceJet given go ahead for more aircraft

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IndiGo and SpiceJet have been told by the Aircraft Acquisition Committee (AAC) of the Civil Aviation Ministry that they can import more aircraft.

“The AAC, headed by S Machendranathan, the Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser of Ministry of Civil Aviation, has cleared the proposal of IndiGo to import four Airbus 320 and SpiceJet to import three Boeing 737 aircraft recently,”  sources told The Economic Times.

The carriers now only need Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh to sign the go ahead.

Indigo had previously only been allowed to import five of its requested planes this year and was told it would have to await a decision on the remaining aircraft.

The decision to allow IndiGo to import more aircraft has come at a time when it is facing problems from the Government in importing 16 A320 aircraft which is part of the order of original 100 aircraft for which the airline already has in-principle approval.

The government has been revising its new schedule plans and is looking to enhance regional connectivity with an increase in smaller planes servicing tier 11 and tier 111 cities.

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