Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'No-fly norms will ensure balance among stakeholder interests'

Mumbai: The Civil Aviation Ministry would ensure that the norms for no-fly list, to be finalised in the first week of July, balances the interests of all stakeholders, according to Union Minister Jayant Sinha.
Noting that the ministry has received "very comprehensive and exhaustive feedback" from the stakeholders on the proposed rules to deal with unruly passengers, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation said the norms are being finalised.
The ministry has already come out with draft rules for a 'national no-fly list' of unruly passengers for all domestic carriers, under which the flying ban could extend from at least three months to an indefinite period.
"National no fly norms are being finalised... we will be issuing it in the first week of July. We have received very comprehensive and exhaustive feedback from stakeholders. We will ensure that it balances out all stakeholders' interests," Sinha said here.
The proposed issuance of the norms assume significance amid a Lok Sabha member currently being barred by most major local carriers for unruly behaviour.
TDP member J C Diwakar Reddy has been banned by major airlines from taking their flights following allegedly creating the ruckus at Vizag airport last week as he was denied boarding by IndiGo. Reddy belongs to the same party as that of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
20/06/17 PTI/Times of India