Friday, November 18, 2016

“SpiceJet has permission to fly to Singapore, Malaysia”

Mumbai: Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday informed the Madras High Court Bench here that it had permitted SpiceJet to fly to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur from Madurai but the private airliner had chosen to operate flights only to Dubai and Colombo, probably because of lack of patronage.

Assistant Solicitor General G.R. Swaminathan told a Division Bench of Justices S. Nagamuthu and M.V. Muralidaran that the demand and supply in the market determined the destinations to which an airline would want to serve and that it was completely up to the permit holder to fly or not to fly between two places.
After recording his submissions, the Bench dismissed a public interest litigation petition filed by a city-based doctor, J. Mahendra Varman, seeking a direction to the Centre to permit both Indian and foreign carriers to fly to more number of international destinations from here.

Dismissing the PIL petition pending since 2013, the judges said the ASG had also made a categorical submission before the High Court that no application filed by any other airliner for operating flights from the airport here to international destinations was pending before Civil Aviation Ministry.
18/11/16 Mohamed Imranullah S/The Hindu