Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Why only lucrative routes given to private airlines, asks Supreme Court

New Delhi:  The Supreme Court on Tuesday took exception to the government allowing the private airlines to operate on “lucrative routes” while escaping from flying on the less profitable destinations.
“You are giving lucrative destinations on platter to private operators. Cream is taken away by big operators,” said a bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, adding the operators are allowed to shun less profitable routes. Asking the government to file an affidavit spelling out its licencing policy, Chief Justice Thakur said: “You must have a policy by which if they get lucrative sectors (to operate) then they have to cater to uneconomical destinations.”
“File an affidavit by the government setting out the policy, if any, governing the allotment/grant of licence to operate commercial/scheduled airlines in various sectors within and outside the country,” said the order passed by the bench as it directed the next hearing of the matter on March 9.
16/02/16 IANS/India.com
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