18. Reservation of scheduled air transport services to the Corporations.—
(1) After the appointed date, it shall not be lawful for any person other than the Corporations or their associates to operate any scheduled air transport service from, to, in or across India:
Provided that nothing in this section shall restrict the right of any person,—
(a) for the purpose of any air transport undertaking of which the principal place of business is in any country outside India, to operate an air transport service, in accordance with the terms of any agreement for the time being in force between the Government of India and the Government of that country; or
(b) to carry passengers for the sole purpose of instructing them in flying or on duties of aircrews; or
(c) to carry passengers or goods for the sole purpose of providing an air ambulance service or a rescue or relief service during any natural calamity; or
(d) to carry passengers or goods for the sole purpose of providing joy rides consisting of flights operated from and to the same aerodrome or place without any intermediate landing or for the purpose of aerial survey, fire fighting, crop-dusting, locust control or any other aerial work of a similar nature; 1[or]
1[(e) to operate, with the previous permission of the Central Government for such period and subject to such terms and conditions as that Government may determine, any scheduled air transport service as aforesaid which is not provided by either of the Corporations or their associates.]
(2) Any person who operates a scheduled air transport service in contravention of the provisions of this section shall be liable in respect of each offence to a fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or to imprisonment which may extend to three months, or to both.
Explanation.—The operation of each flight shall constitute a separate offence for the purposes of this section.
Only these two Corporations are authorised to operate air transport service in or across India.
1. Ins. by Act 17 of 1962, sec. 2 (w.e.f. 30-3-1962).