Saturday, January 09, 2016

Big daddies of aviation sulk, say govt giving credence to Tata airlines

New Delhi: The four domestic private carriers – IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir – are feeling left out as the civil aviation ministry has gone ahead with its consultation meeting on the draft New Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), 2015, on December 30 last year with smaller players Vistara and AirAsia India in their absence.

In their letter to the ministry, a copy of which is with dna, the airlines, who also constitute the airline lobby body Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), have expressed their "disappointment" at the government giving "credence to the views of Tata-promoted start-up airlines", whose Air Operator Permit (AOP) was still under "question" and "sub-judice" in Delhi High Court (DHC).
"We hope that the ministry of civil aviation would give credence in just, fair and balanced manner to the views and representations of the FIA, which consists of more than 95% of the private sector capacity of the country and 80% of the total capacity of the country – the balance being in the public sector with Air India (AI) – and hope they will not be swayed by the two Asian airlines, both in partnership with Tatas," states the FIA letter of January 5.
The FIA members have requested for information on what transpired at the meeting and another meeting that could be attended by them.
The whole issue has arisen due to the promoters of IndiGo, Jet Airways and GoAir not being in town on December 30, when the MCA held the meeting with industry stakeholders for the NCAP.
According to sources, who did not want to be named, IndiGo and GoAir promoters Rahul Bhatia and Jeh Wadia were in the US while Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways was in Dubai. SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh is said to be in town but could not attend the meeting.
09/01/16 Praveena Sharma/Daily News & Analysis
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