India on Tuesday denied UAE budget carrier flydubai’s request for operating its Boeing 737 Max on flights to the country for now. A senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials “some more time is needed to gauge the performance of the aircraft and therefore it (flydubai Max request for India) has been denied for the time being.”
Incidentally, flydubai started re-using its B737 Max for commercial operations for the first since their global grounding in March 2019 on Thursday with a Dubai-Sialkot flight.
Flydubai has sought India’s nod to operate the Max to and from India and also to overfly the Indian airspace on flights between its Dubai hub and other countries. “DGCA has denied permission to flydubai both for operating the B737 Max to India and for this aircraft to overly Indian airspace,” said a person in the know.
India, which has 18 Max of SpiceJet and erstwhile Jet Airways parked here, is yet to approve this grounded-since March 2019 aircraft to fly in its airspace again after carrying out the required corrective modifications.