Aviation

Removal of 5/20 rule will vitiate level playing field: FIA

DELHI

fia-airlines-sqStrongly opposing proposed changes in international flying norms for Indian carriers, leading airlines body FIA said that such a move would “vitiate” the existing level-playing field and only favour new entrants.

The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) – comprising IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir — also said on August 25 that domestic airline industry operates in a high cost and constrained environment, reports The Economic Times.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 25, the FIA has raised several issues concerning the sector and has sought a meeting to discuss the same.

“At a time when the incumbent airlines are committed to high cost domestic networks due to the 5/20 rule and the RDG (Route Dispersal Guidelines), the removal of these rules will vitiate the level playing field that exists in Indian civil aviation,” FIA letter signed by IndiGo promoter Rahul Bhatia said.

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