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Order 2019-4-16 - Ground Handling Operations of Foreign Air Carriers of India - Imposing Reporting Requirements and To Show Cause
Ground Handling Operations of Foreign Air Carriers of India
Issued and Served April 19, 2019
By this Order, and another order being issued concurrently (Order 2019-4-15), the US Department of Transportation is taking steps to address the failure of the Indian Government to permit US carriers to exercise their bilateral right to perform their own ground handling (to “self-handle”) at Indian airports. Specifically, in this Order, pursuant to 49 USC § 41708(b), we are requiring any Indian airline serving the US-India market with its own aircraft to report all of its arrangements for ground-handling at each US airport that it serves, and we are making a tentative decision pursuant to 49 USC § 41304(a) and 49 USC § 41305(b) to amend the operating authority of Indian carriers to suspend rights to self-handle at US airports.
We are aware that Air India does not, at present, exercise its right to self-handle at US airports; nevertheless, we deem it relevant to understand what arrangements for ground-handling it has at US airports.
By: Joel Szabat