Wednesday, September 16, 2015

PM refuses to intervene in aviation disputes

Prime minister Narendra Modi seems disinclined to meet airline chiefs who wanted an early audience with him to discuss a clutch of industry issues, including contentious 5/20 rule for flying overseas, ahead of finalsing the draft aviation policy.

In response to a request by IndiGo co-founder Rahul Bhatia on behalf of industry lobby Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), PMO has instead referred the matter to the nodal aviation ministry for appropriate action. IndiGo, country’s largest private airline by passengers flown, has a fleet size of 97 aircraft.

FIA members include Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir and Indigo. They have been opposing the proposed move to relax the eligibility criteria for launching international operations. Bhatia had in his August 25 letter to the prime minister had argued against the proposal.
16/09/15 Nirbhay Kumar/
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