Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Air Passengers Association of India president D Sudhakara Reddy dies in Chennai

Chennai: Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) national president D Sudhakara Reddy, who fought for the rights of passengers, died in Apollo Hospitals in Chennai on Monday following a cardiac arrest. He was 72.
He is survived by his daughter Deeptha Reddy.
Reddy founded APAI in 1990 and was at the forefront of several measures that helped make aviation in the country passenger-friendly.
After helping frame standard operating procedures (SOP) for restarting aviation post lockdown, Reddy, through APAI, had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court for full refund of tickets for domestic and international flights cancelled during lockdown period.
In a message, APAI said, "Greatly knowledgeable, passionate in his endeavours, strong in perseverance yet mild in demeanour, Reddy had dedicated himself to the cause of APAI. To lose him at this critical juncture is more saddening. We mourn his death and celebrate the cause he lived for."
Behram Mehta, chairman, APAI Gujarat, said, "He was an industrialist, hotelier, owned a flight kitchen and was from the establishment side but still he stood for the passenger rights."
He said Reddy was instrumental in bringing about the free sky policy of the 90s and successfully campaign against the 5-20 rule that required an Indian airline to have 20 aircraft and five years service to fly abroad.
13/07/20 V Ayyappan/Times of India
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