Friday, May 10, 2019

US airlines to get a free hand in ground-handling

New Delhi: India is likely to allow US airlines to do ground-handling on their own in the country’s airports. Intense negotiations on this were held between Indian and US officials during American Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ visit here earlier this week.

India had objections on letting foreign carriers do their own ground-handling; security agencies wanted ground-handling of passenger luggage and cargo to be done by Indian firms vetted by it. “We have managed to sort our differences and expect to have a system in place soon,” said a top official.
Other officials said India has also made offerings in trade talks with American officials to reduce duty telecom equipment and automobiles imported from the US, besides relax norms for import of US dairy products.

In the run-up to Ross’s visit, US authorities had threatened to take reciprocal action against Indian airlines by not letting them handle their aircraft cargo in America. The threat was specifically against Air India, as the only other Indian airline flying to the US — Jet Airways — has stopped operations. Air India flies direct to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington.
10/05/19 Jayanta Roy Chowdhury/New Indian Express
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