Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Few takers for govt's open skies policy

New Delhi: International airlines who until now were pushing for an open skies policy to help them operate more flights are now not so open to the idea.
The government however, is still going ahead with its plan to allow international airlines to operate more flights for a limited period starting November.
But now International carriers, especially those out of Europe, are backing out as they have already benefited under better bilaterals.
These have led to an increase in flights between India and many European countries. Flights between India and UK have doubled and ticket prices have dropped substantially on this sector.
"We will not bring in additional flights but will just make some adjustments in the schedule," said Uwe H W Mueller, VP-Asia Pacific, Lufthansa.
At present Middle East is the most favoured destination for outbound flights.
25/10/06 Arijit Banerjee/
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