Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Airlines lobby for 5/20 rule

New Delhi: Senior officials of leading airlines IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir met Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Wednesday demanding level playing field with the foreign and the new airlines in the draft civil aviation policy released last year.

The airlines lobbied for keeping the contentious 5/20 rule for flying abroad, alleged effective control of Indian airlines by their foreign partners and opposed other proposed in the draft aviation policy.

“They sought government's intervention to incorporate some of their concerns while finalizing the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) being prepared by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. They said that this was essential to avoid discrimination against them and provide them an equal level-playing field with the foreign and new Airlines which had started operations in India,” a release issued by Mr. Singh’s office said on Wednesday.

IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh, Jet Airways Senior Vice President Narayan Hariharan, SpiceJet chairman and managing director Ajay Singh and GoAir Managing Director Jeh Wadia submitted a memorandum to the minister during the meeting.
17/02/16 Hindu
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