New Delhi: Today, May 8, Union home ministry has granted security clearance to Jet Airways that is planning to relaunch commercial flight operations in the next few months, according to an official document.
The Jalan-Kalrock Consortium is currently the promoters of Jet Airways. The airline in its old avatar was owned by Naresh Goyal and had operated its last flight on April 17, 2019.
Last Thursday, the airline conducted its test flight to and from the Hyderabad airport in a step towards obtaining the air operator certificate.
On 6 May, the civil aviation ministry sent a letter to the airline informing them about the Union Home Ministry clearing the grant of the security clearance.
The letter said that it is “directed to refer to your application… to convey security clearance for change in shareholding pattern of the company/firm, for scheduled operator permit, on the basis of security clearance received from the Ministry of Home Affairs.”
JET AIRWAYS’ TEST FLIGHT
Last Thursday’s test flight was conducted to prove to aviation regulator DGCA that the aircraft and its components are operating normally.
The airline had also confirmed that a ‘proving flight’ was expected to be conducted in the next few days. Proving flights are the final stage of the process of obtaining an AOP. The DGCA reportedly requires five proving flights before the certificate is issued to certify that the airlines can resume operations.
Proving flights are similar to commercial flight with DGCA officials and airline officials as passengers and cabin crew members on board.