Civil Aviation Ministry decided to remove restrictions on flights of Airbus A-380 to India on 27 January 2014. Now, flights of A-380 to India will be allowed to airports which are equipped to handle them.
The decision was taken after due consultations with the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA), Air India and Airports Authority of India.
• The operations of A-380 aircraft would be subject to overall traffic entitlements within the bilateral Air Service Agreements (ASAs) with different countries.
• It was also decided that wherever the entitlements are not expressed in terms of seats per week, the same should be rationalized and converted into seats per week before allowing A-380 operations to India from these countries.
• If any Air Service Agreement (ASA) specifically prohibits operation of A-380 to India, it will be required to be amended before A-380 starts operations from that country.
• Before operations of A-380 are allowed, all the airports shall have to get DGCA certification and make adequate preparation in terms of various services required.
At present only 4 airports, that is, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore have the required infrastructure for operations of A-380.
The ban on A- 380s was mainly due to concerns that foreign carriers may further hurt state-run Air India by grabbing a larger share of international traffic.
The rule change will benefit carriers like Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and British Airways that operate the super-jumbo and fly to India, as well A380 customers like Etihad and Qatar Airways who have yet to take delivery of the aircraft.
The operation of A 380s will help airports to generate more revenue, give more comfortable and luxurious travel to passengers, liberalize the Civil Aviation milieu in India and boost the image of Indian Civil aviation in the international market.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus of France.
It is the world's largest passenger airliner, and provides seating for 525 people in a typical three-class configuration or up to 853 people in an all-economy class configuration.
The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service in October 2007 with Singapore Airlines.
Airbus headquartered in Toulouse designed the aircraft to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market.