Infolex NewsAlert – Amendment to the Aircraft Act, 1934

Published On: 10/11/2020

Authors:

Shivani Kapur Jeet
Vidit Mehra
The Aircraft (Amendment) Act, 20201 (the “Amendment”) was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 17, 2020, by the Rajya Sabha on September 15, 2020, and received presidential assent on September 19, 2020, thereby, according to it the status of enforceable law. The genesis of this Amendment lies in the audit conducted in the years 2012 and 2015 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (“ICAO”) which indicated the need to give proper recognition to 3 (three) existing regulatory bodies which operate under the Ministry of Civil Aviation as statutory authorities under the Act, to enhance the quantum of penalties, to empower officers to levy greater fines for violations of the Aircraft Act, 1934 (“Act”) and to also include certain areas of air navigation services or rulemaking purpose under section 5 of the Act. INDUSLAW’s Devya Sharma, Shivani Kapur Jeet, and Vidit Mehra discuss.