When Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian chairman of AirAsia said that Indian aviation policies smack of favouritism and are anti-competitive, he was right.
For decades, Indian aviation policy was suited for just two airlines: Air India and later for Jet Airways. The taxpayers paid a hefty bailout for an airline like Air India which could take the top prize for sub-standard customer service. The only reason taxpayers paid for this airline’s bailouts as successive civil aviation ministers and bureaucrats treated the airline as their free personal travel company.
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