Why should we let you fly: DGCA asks Air Pegasus
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a show-cause notice to Bangalore-based Air Pegasus on why its operating permit should not be suspended.business Updated: Oct 08, 2016 16:17 IST
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a show-cause notice to Bangalore-based Air Pegasus on why its operating permit should not be suspended.
The airline, which suspended operations in July-end after defaulting on payments to leasing companies, has seen an exodus of pilots and engineers since then. Lessors had approached the DGCA in August to get the three ATRs they had leased to the airline deregistered but have failed to get back their planes as the matter was referred by the regulator to the aviation ministry and is still pending.
The regulator has said the Air Pegasus aircraft capability had degraded as they were parked at airports for over two months and hadn’t flown. “One of the conditions for granting the permit is that the fleet has to be maintained up to a minimum standard,” said a source.
“We are not in receipt of a show-cause notice from DGCA. We intend to restart our operations. We are hopeful of regularising issues and to start operations by early November,” said Shyson Thomas, MD Air Pegasus.
“The delay in deregistering planes, which was also witnessed after Kingfisher crisis, has made international aircraft leasing companies wary of leasing planes in India and a hike in lease rentals,” said an official.