Thursday, February 18, 2016

Final talks begin for new Indian civil aviation policy

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday chaired a high-profile meeting to discuss the proposed aviation policy, amid hectic lobbying by domestic carriers for a level-playing field vis a vis foreign players, and demands for continuing the norms to fly overseas.

The specifics of the discussions, however, were not immediately available, even as Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who was also present at the meeting, declined comment to reporters on the margins of a seminar that he attended later, organised by PHD Chamber.

One of the most contested proposals, purportedly in the draft policy, is to discontinue what are called the 5/20 norms, that permit only those passenger carriers that have been in operation for five years and have a fleet of 20 aircraft to fly abroad.

The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), among other associations, had demanded that the matter regarding effective control of domestic carriers be settled first before the government decides to change or alter the 5/20 international flying norms.
18/02/16 IANS/Business Standard
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