Airlines seek infrastructure status to help raise funds


Domestic airlines have asked the Government to look in to 11 private airports, such as those in Delhi and Mumbai, that levy landing charges on airlines operating smaller aircraft seating less than 80 passengers. Airports run by the State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) do not charge the airlines for these aircraft.

At a meeting with V Somasundaram, Secretary, Civil Aviation, senior officials of various domestic airlines also said that the industry should be granted infrastructure status, a move which will make it easier for it to raise funds. The meeting had been called to get the views of stakeholders on the proposed Civil Aviation Policy, which the Government plans to finalise soon, reports Hindu.

The Government’s re-examination of the rules for allowing domestic airlines to start international operations was also raised at the meeting. At the moment, the Government policy states that a domestic airline must have a fleet of 20 aircraft and have operated in the domestic skies for at least five years before being allowed to start international operations.


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