Sunday, October 08, 2017

Privatisation of Air India will impact Haj air operations: Govt panel

New Delhi: A Centre-appointed committee has said privatisation of Air India will have serious consequences on Haj operations and suggested the minority affairs and civil aviation ministries prepare their response in case the proposed disinvestment goes through.
The committee, tasked with proposing the 'Haj Policy 2018-22', has also suggested that the Centre engage with the Saudi Arabia government and try to get the option of undertaking global tenders for Haj air charter operations.
The panel, with former Union secretary Afzal Amanullah as the convener, who has served as the Consul-General of India in Jeddah, has noted that during air charter operations the flights go with pilgrims but return empty.
It would be appropriate for the two ministries to explore the possibility of using empty flights for commercial purposes to bring down the cost, it has said.
08/10/17 PTI/Times of India