Monday, February 15, 2016

'India's decision to auction air-traffic rights disappointing'

Singapore: Disappointed at India's decision to auction air-traffic rights, Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al-Baker today said it was against the country's interest to "restrict" foreign carriers from operating freely in its air space.

"It is not in the interest of India to restrict foreign airlines from operating freely in the Indian air space," he said at a press conference held at the Singapore Airshow 2016.

Al-Baker said he was very disappointed at India's decision to auction air traffic rights called bilaterals.

"I am very disappointed to note that the aviation policy in India... The Indian authority wants to auction traffic rights into India," he said.

The chief executive of the Doha-based premier Gulf airline stressed that the air traffic rights were a sovereign property and should not be auctioned, pointing out the risks in auctioning such rights, for it could be given to an entity in which India might not have a strategic interest.
15/02/16 PTI/Business Standard
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