Thursday, December 14, 2006

Govt to open Gulf routes for Jet, Air Sahara

New Delhi: This would probably be the government's new year gift for India's two designated private airlines, Jet Airways and Air Sahara.
The government is planning to review its norms for operating flights to the Middle East — a protected sector that is today operated only the state-owned airlines — and open it up for designated private airlines too.
This, sources said, is part of the government's move to unshackle the protection that's currently being given to state-owned carriers and prepare them to compete in a free market.
The review is expected to be completed by early next year, following which the revised norm would be referred to the Union Cabinet for a formal approval.
14/12/06 Byas Anand/Times of India