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ACT NO. 27 OF 1953.1*

[28th May, 1953.]

An Act to provide for the establishment of Air Corporations, to facilitate the acquisition by the Air Corporations of undertakings belonging to certain existing air companies and generally to make further and better provisions for the operation of air transport services.


1. This Act was extended and brought into force in Goa, Daman and Diu with modifications, by Reg. 12 of 1962, s. 3 and Sch., Pondi- cherry on 1-10-1963, vide Reg. 7 of 1963, s. 3 and Sch. I and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on 1-7-1965 by Reg. 6 of 1963, s. 2 and Sch. I.



(1) This Act may be called the Air Corporations Act, 1953.

(2) It shall come into force on such date 1* as the Central
Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.


1. 28th May, 1953, vide Notification No. S.R.O. 968A, dated the 28th May, 1953, Gazette of India, 1953, Extraordinary, Part II, Sec. 3, p. 1762A.


In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(i) "Aircraft" means any machine which can derive support in the atmosphere from reactions of the air and includes balloons, whether fixed or free, airships, kites, gliders and flying machines;

(ii) "Air transport service" means a service for the transport by air of persons, mails or any other thing, animate or inanimate, for any kind of remuneration whatsoever, whether such service consists of a single flight or a series of flights;

(iii) "Associate" in relation to either of the Corporations means any subsidiary of the Corporation or any person with whom the Corporation has made an agreement in accordance with clause (h) of sub-section (2) of section 7;

(iv) "Corporations" means "Indian Airlines" and "Air-India
International" established under section 3, and "Corporation"means either of the Corporations;

(v) The expression "existing air companies" means the Air India Ltd., the Air Services of India Ltd., the Airways (India) Ltd., the Bharat Airways Ltd., the Deccan Airways Ltd., the Himalayan Aviation Ltd., the Indian National Airways Ltd., the Kalinga Airlines and the Air-India International Ltd., and "existing air company" means any of the existing air companies;

(vi) "Prescribed" means prescribed by rules made under this Act;

(vii) "Regulations" means regulations made by either of the
Corporations under section 45;

(viii) "Scheduled air transport service" means an air transport service undertaken between the same two or more places and operated according to a published time table or with flights so regular or frequent that they constitute a recognisably systematic series, each flight being open to use by members of the public;

(ix) "Tribunal" means the Tribunal constituted under section 25.

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