Monday, July 12, 2021

Scindia Boards An ‘Empty Flight’

In 1991, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia's father—Madhavrao Scindia—enunciated the scheduled policy for private airlines that revolutionised Indian aviation.

After the first private airline East West, Jet Airways came into being. That led to “new birds” in the sky. Yogi Deveshwar was co-opted from ITC and made the chairman of Air India. It was also the era when the gulf sector was entirely in the hands of the public sector Air India/Indian airlines which enjoyed a huge monopoly with over 100 weekly flights. Once, Deveshwar proudly claimed that Air India made a profit of Rs one crore a day.

But today, if not technically, at least, euphemistically, one can see that Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia has boarded a near empty flight as civil aviation ministry’s “new commander”.  Read why >>

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