Sunday, January 12, 2020

Cabinet Approves Operations Beyond Check-In Area For Airlines of 3 Countries

Jaipur: Reversing a 2006 decision, the Union Cabinet on December 24, 2019, approved international airlines from three countries — US, Canada and Australia — to carry out their own ground handling.

Earlier, foreign carriers were barred from operating beyond the check-in area.

According to an official, even though the amendment is made for allowing the three countries, it will be effected only for the US, reported The Hindu.

This move is seen as an effort to appease the US. It had earlier objected to India denying bilateral rights while pointing out the discrepancy between the ground handling rules and the Air Services Agreement of 2005. On July 30, 2019, the US had banned Air India from self handling, following several warnings.

It must be noted that Air India does not self-handle in the US.
“There were also warnings that Air India may be asked to submit details about its flight schedule afresh, causing inconvenience to the airline, which is the only Indian carrier operating between the two countries following the collapse of Jet Airways,” an official explained.

The US airlines will now have access control to the aircraft, they could screen unaccompanied baggage, conduct secondary check of passengers at the ladder point and also attain security control of cargo.

Prior to the amendment, foreign carriers were required to enter into an agreement with an Indian airline for performing these tasks.
12/01/20 Wire

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