Thursday, June 03, 2021

Can't have auto-restoration of slots to Jet Airways: Centre tells NCLT

Mumbai: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in its additional affidavit to the National Company of Law Tribunal (NCLT) has reiterated its stance on the issue of slots saying the resolution applicant cannot claim historicity on slots that were allocated to them earlier.

“....there can’t be any automatic revival of approvals granted to Jet airways and reinstatement of slots, which were with Jet airways and the same would be as per the extant guidelines and regulations”, said MoCA and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in its affidavit.

When Jet Airways shut operations, the slots which were allocated to it were temporarily distributed among various airlines. And, the airlines that were called upon to immediately create infrastructure so that the public at large does not face any hardship have invested huge amounts of money to created infrastructure to utilise such slots.

“In view of this, though the allocation of slots to such airlines is temporary the same can’t be withdrawn from them without any legitimate basis.”, the affidavit said.

“However, as and when the Jet Airways applies for slots then the slots would be allocated among all the airlines without any claim of historicity in favour of any airline over these slots and such allocation of slots would be as per the Slot Allocation Guidelines, 2013”, the affidavit said.

The matter will be heard on Friday.

03/06/21 Subrata Panda/Business Standard

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