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10 Pre-Trip Airport Operation Considerations for India

If you are talking about pre-trip airport operation within USA and India, then also you need to have some knowledge about temporary landing permits.

It is important in case of any emergency. You need to obtain a landing clearance in advance.

Today, Airports in India continue to improve for the business aviation user. Public-private partnership (PPP’s) agencies are now developing current and future airfields throughout India.

From British colonial days, there’re close to four hundred inactive airports in India. Several planning’s have been made to develop and reactivate it.

However, operating to active airports in India is generally straightforward. Nonetheless, there’re still several unique characteristics to consider.

You may need additional lead time when visiting military airports:

All military airports, including Agra, India need 30 days’ notice to obtain a landing clearance.

The minimum time period for setting up a landing permit for a military airfield is thirty days. So it’s best to start the permit approval process about 45 days in advance.

Furthermore, additional information for crew and passengers such as the fathers’ names of every person onboard is required for the permit request.

It’s also important to note that any flight to a military airport delayed by more than one hour from its approved time need to get a new clearance.

A ground handling agent should be there at remote or military airfields:

To make sure that everything is in order, a handling agent should be present on the day of your operation to review all documentation and supervise the flight.

Repositioning a handling agent to the airfield twenty four hours prior to arrival or departure is best for allowing a smooth operation.

You’ve to clear customs, immigration in the main airline terminal:

At most locations in India, you’ll clear Customs and Immigration in the main terminal.

However an experienced ground handler may able to streamline this process with a dedicated customs clearance line.

Visa requirements need to be verified:

Visas are compulsory for all crew members and passengers.

However, visas on arrival for nationals of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are restricted.

You can check with your visa provider for up-to-date information, as these requirements may change at a short notice.

If your next flight leg is domestic, then customs will tax you on remaining jet fuel:

Tankering jet fuel is considered to be a revenue loss to the country. That means if your next leg is domestic, you’ll be charged for any jet fuel remaining on your aircraft.

This tax is considered as a sales tax. It must be paid to local customs. Please note that this tax is not applicable to international legs i.e. technical stops.

However, in the case of international flights, in order to avoid this tax you must show proof to the customs inspector that your next leg is international.

Reconfirming jet fuel uplifts is a must:

There can be delays with fuel trucks due to commercial traffic, so you can’t always guarantee they’ll arrive on time.

So fueling should be done on arrival. You need to work closely with your local ground handler to reconfirm all fuel deliveries in advance.

Larger airports in India have GA operating curfews:

Currently, only Mumbai airport has daily operating curfews, which may restrict your operations.

In some cases, you may have to land and take off during certain hours.

Beware of aircraft parking fees in USA:

Parking a corporate aircraft in India may have additional costs. For sure, these charges are subject to change by airport authorities.

Jet fuel taxes vary from airport to airport:

The base price of jet fuel is generally constant across India. However, fuel uplift taxes can vary among India’s twenty six states.

Some states charge five percent on top of all government taxes, while others charge as much as twenty to twenty eight percent on top of other taxes.

Vehicles are not permitted on the ramp:

In India, unless your flight is carrying government or diplomatic officials, vehicles aren’t permitted on the ramp.

The ground handler comes out and drives passengers to the terminal.


Operating procedures at airports in India vary and are unique. Depending on your destination, you may need airport slots.

You must obtain them in advance to avoid any issues upon arrival. Also, note that there’re parking restrictions for some airports.

It may be due to congestion, due to an event taking place in the city or due to high-season traffic.

About Author:

With Vision Aviation Global, you can easily file and obtain landing and overfly permits, and temporary landing permits within USA and in India.

We’re based in Delhi and we are able to file and obtain permits in the shortest possible time frame.

We also assist and facilitate issuance of visas and provide assistance for Immigration and Custom clearance.