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Updated: Feb 6

Your private transport in Sky

Surface transport has multiple types of permits for cars, trucks, buses and the likes. Similarly, in aviation, there are multiple types of operation permits. These are primarily:

  • Scheduled passenger operator: regular commercial airlines

  • Private use: owned by individual or company for their private use

  • Training: used for training Purpose

  • Cargo: for ferrying mail & cargo

  • Non-scheduled operator: for providing Air service without a published schedule.

Among above, non-scheduled operators are the primary service provider for custom needs, such as Air ambulance, joy rides, private air transport within or outside India. In addition to non-scheduled operators, scheduled passenger operator such as usual airlines also offer charter services. However, schedules airlines usually do not offer small aircrafts.


There are several Air charter service providers. These charter service providers are based at different bases, primarily metros, and offer different types of helicopters and aero-planes. The updated list of such providers can be assessed here. Primary bases are New-Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai followed by cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad etc. One can contact them directly; else there are numerous agents who get you an aircraft from one of these as per your requirement.


Types of aircraft available with these charter service providers include:

  • Helicopters

  • Aeroplanes

  • Balloons

  • Powered gliders

Most commonly used ones are Aero-planes followed by Helicopters. These both also are of different manufacturers and of varying seating capacity. Charter aircraft on offer mostly include 5-9 seater aircraft. You will find aircraft up to 24 seater. However, there availability is less due to less demand for such types. If you are looking for aeroplane of seats above 50, you have to approach scheduled airlines like Air India, Indigo, Spicejet, Air Asia, Go Air, Air Vistara, Trujet etc as they offer their aircraft as charter as well. Most commonly available aero planes for charter in India are as below: