Updated: Nov 1
Welcome to the vibrant skies of India! If you're a flight operator or a part of a flight management company, navigating through the regulatory procedures for overflight and landing permits is essential. In this guide, we'll delve into the intricacies of obtaining overflight and landing permits in India, a country known for its rich culture, diverse landscapes, and bustling cities.
General Information about India
India: Cultural Heritage
India, officially known as the Republic of India, is a South Asian country known for its historical and cultural heritage. India's diverse topography ranges from the towering Himalayan peaks in the north to the serene backwaters of Kerala in the south. Its cultural tapestry is woven with a plethora of languages, traditions, and customs, making it a captivating destination for flight operators.Here are some key details about India
Capital: New Delhi
Official Language: Hindi and English
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time Zone: Indian Standard Time (IST)
When it comes to flying through Indian airspace or landing within the country, obtaining the necessary permits is crucial to ensure a smooth and compliant journey. Here's an overview of the key requirements:
Is permit required?
Commercial – Non-scheduled
Permit Validity (Hours)
Lead Time (Working Days)
Permit number format
CAA Processing Fee
Air Navigation Bill
Is India an ICAO Member State?
Is India a EUROCONTROL Member State?
India 2-LTR Code:
India ICAO Area Code:
VA, VE, VI, VO
VABF, VECF, VIDF, VOMF
To obtain an overflight permit for India, you need to submit a formal application through the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA New Delhi) or a designated agent. The application typically includes details about the flight, aircraft, purpose, and route. It's advisable to initiate the application process well in advance, preferably 7 working days before your intended flight date. However, you should read our article on VarnaJet short notice permits. If your flight necessitates a landing in India, you'll need to obtain a landing permit. The landing permit requirements generally include the same documentation as overflight permits, with additional considerations, some documentation are not necessarily required; you just need to keep them ready and valid in case they are needed for the permit application.
- Operator name & address
- Aircraft registry
- Callsign – Flight number
- Aircraft type – MTOW
- Flight schedule details
- Purpose of flight
- PAX or Cargo details
When applying for an overflight or landing permit, you might need to provide the following documents:
- Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
- Aircraft Registration Certificate (AR)
- Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)
- Air Noise Certificate (ANC)
- Insurance Certificate
What to consider when you have a flight over/to India
Make sure you are aware and ready with the following, even if they might not be requested by CAA:
You must have valid and comprehensive insurance coverage for your aircraft. Ensure that your insurance meets the requirements set by India authorities.
A detailed flight plan including your route, waypoints, and estimated time of arrival and departure from India airspace.
Details about your aircraft, including registration, type, and capacity.
The names and qualifications of your flight crew.
Purpose of Flight:
A clear explanation of the purpose of your flight, whether it's for commercial, private, or humanitarian purposes. PAX details or cargo details should be available.
Receiving party /CNOR-CNEE:
In case the landing permit is needed for a specific country/Purpose of Flight; pay attention to have all the contact details of the receiving party.
India charges navigation fees for overflights. These fees can vary depending on the type of aircraft, route, and duration of the flight. Be prepared to cover these fees as part of the permit application process.
Basis: maximum take-off weight and distance flown.
Charge = W x D x R + FC
W =√(all upweight in kg/50,000) capped at kg
D = √(Great distance in NM/100) capped at 1,200 NM
R = Unit rate of 4,620 INR
FC = fixed charge of 4,400 INR
Basis: maximum take-off weight
When the Aircraft weight is Up to 100 ton the Charge per single landing is: 250.50 INR per tonne
Minimum Charge: 1,100 INR per landing
1) 5% peak hour surcharge on international landing between 2301 hrs (IST) to 2400 hrs (IST) at Mumbai and Delhi airports. An additional 25% for supersonic aircraft.
2) 5% discount in landing charges on international landing between 1301 hrs(IST) to 1600 hrs (IST) at Mumbai and Delhi airports.
First two hours free and thereafter:
When the weight of the aircraft is up to 100 ton the Parking Charges will be 4.10 INR per hour per ton
When the weight of the aircraft is above 100 ton: the charge will be 410.00 INR + 5.40 INR per hour per ton in excess of 100 ton.
Night parking charge between 2200 hours to 0600 hours have different calculation method.
Compliance with International Regulations:
Your flight plan and operations must comply with international aviation regulations and agreements. Ensure that your aircraft is equipped with the necessary communication and navigation systems required for safe airspace transit.
Coordination with VarnaJet
Once your application is submitted, it may take few days for the (DGCA New Delhi) to process and approve your overflight or landing permit. VarnaJet will ensure quick process of obtaining. VarnaJet coordinates closely with CAA, local handling agents or a reliable ground services provider to facilitate a smooth landing process, including ground handling, fuel arrangements, and other essential services when required. Maintain open communication with our team and be prepared for potential changes or delays in your flight schedule that needs to be addressed to our team as soon as possible.
The key to a successful and hassle-free flight operation in India lies in meticulous planning, adherence to regulations, and effective coordination with VarnaJet.
As you plan your journey through the skies of India or on ground at any airport in India, VarnaJet is here to assist you in navigating the bureaucratic landscape and ensuring a seamless experience. Happy flying!
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