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Report sought into JD(S) charge of permits being denied for chartered flights meant for Karnataka MLAs

The civil aviation ministry said it sought a report on the charge that permissions were denied to chartered flights booked to ferry JD(S) legislators from Bengaluru to Kochi.

india Updated: May 18, 2018 16:00 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Civil aviation ministry,Jayant Sinha,JD(S)
Minister of state for civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha (PTI File Photo)

The civil aviation ministry on Friday said it had sought a detailed report into the charges by JD(S) that it was denied permission by the DGCA to fly its legislators to Kerala, asserting that the flight regulator’s permission was not required for chartered flights operating inside India.

The party had on Thursday alleged that chartered flights that were scheduled to carry its legislators along with those of the Congress from Bengaluru to Kochi were denied permission by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) at the last minute.

A civil aviation ministry official, however, was quick to dismiss the charges last night and said the DGCA’s permission was not required for chartered flights operating within India.

Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha in an early morning tweet said on Friday, “Domestic charter flights do not require DGCA approval. They have to get their flight plan approved by local Air Traffic Control and then are free to fly. We will get a detailed report tomorrow and provide all the facts.”

Talking to PTI, a JD(S) source had said, “We are just working out, all flights have been denied that were confirmed, last minute there is a problem.”

Asked whether the plan was for both the Congress and JD(S) MLAs travelling together, the source said, “Plan was know what all kinds of things, they are doing.”

First Published: May 18, 2018 16:00 IST