Govt approves liberal norms for tourist charters

Govt approves liberal norms for tourist charters

New Delhi: In a bid to promote operation of chartered flights, government has come out with liberal conditionalities for both inbound and outbound tourist charters provided they operated for tour packages.

The guidelines, approved by the Civil Aviation Ministry, are subject to the condition that the tourist charter flights would be permitted only for ‘Inclusive Tour Packages´ (ITP), official sources said.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) came out with the detailed guidelines yesterday.

It defined ITP as a round-trip for a pre-determined period for one or several pre-determined destinations and charging an inclusive consolidated price for all travel segments, hotel accommodation and other ground arrangements like visits to tourist spots.

“Foreign charter flights would be permitted only if all tourists book for ITP, they travel out by the same flight and all arrangements are made through recognised Indian tour operators," the sources said, adding that there were several other conditions to be fulfilled by the concerned tour operator.

Similarly, Indian tourist charters flying abroad could originate anywhere in India, all tourists on them should have booked ITP in India, all their arrangements made through recognised tour operators and all of them are insured. There are several other conditions which the tour operator would have to fulfill to operate the charter flights, they said.

With the number of inbound tourists growing at a rapid pace, the decision would encourage a boom in the foreign tourist traffic as well as Indian tourist movement in the domestic sector, the sources said.