Directorate General of Civil Aviation is considering relaxing flight take-off norms during fog season, allowing flights to fly even at low runway visibility range from next week.
According to industry sources, in a meeting held this weekend, the DGCA has yielded to a request from major airline operators, like Jet Airways, Air India and Spicejet, to relax the existing norms.
"Subject to meeting certain conditions, the DGCA has agreed to relax the low take-off minima (LTM) norms, thereby allowing qualified airlines to take off at a runway visibility range (RVR) of 150 metres," the sources said.
As per the current norms airlines are allowed to take off at a RVR of 500 metres.
The sources, however, said in order to avail the relaxed norms, airlines would have to meet the criteria set by the DGCA, including crew training and pilot qualification. It would also be dependent on the availability of requisite technological facilities at the airports.
Moreover, the DGCA has also yielded to the request of the airlines to de-link landing and take-off conditions for all the qualified carriers for the new LTM, the sources added.