The new year couldn’t have started on a brighter note for the otherwise struggling domestic airlines, as the Narendra Modi-led government has reportedly deferred its order that all the aircraft imported should be equipped to receive signals of the indigenous navigation system GAGAN to June 30, 2020.
Earlier, the government had set the deadline of January 1, 2019, for equipping all the planes registered in India with GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN).
The latest decision comes as a much-needed respite to the airlines who have already placed an order for new aircraft. The move will also benefit small planes like trainer aircraft and small business jets as equipping them with GAGAN would have cost about $3 lakh per plane, TOI reported quoting a senior aviation official.
The deadline was reportedly deferred considering the cost implications and following a representation from the scheduled and non-scheduled airlines. Read More