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MoCA working on a transparent SOP to allocate Jet’s foreign flying rights

PW Bureau

In order to cool down the prices, the Central government is planning to allocate Jet’s foreign flying rights to other domestic airlines

New Delhi: As domestic airlines eye slots vacated on international routes by ailing Jet Airways, Civil Aviation ministry has stepped in to say that it is soon going to come up with a transparent standard operating procedure (SOP) to allocate Jet’s foreign flying rights to other airlines on a temporary basis.

“We had asked airlines to confirm their requirement of (domestic) slots and (international) traffic rights... Their requests have been officially logged in. Our people will do analysis now and we will evolve a transparent SOP based on which the rights will be given,” Secretary PS Kharola said.

Govt wants to cool down international fares

Kharola made the statement while speaking to the press after a morning meeting with senior executives of Indian airlines. Airways have risen dramatically after Jet Airways shut down operations on April 17. In order to cool down the prices, the Central government is planning to allocate Jet’s foreign flying rights to other domestic airlines like IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir and Vistara.

While noting that Air India usually gets international flying rights on priority, the secretary said that a few routes have been awarded to Air India so far. Kharola added that all airline has placed requests to get international flying rights.

He, however, also stated that the allocation of these rights would be temporary and subject to Jet Airways’ revival.

Air India only airline operating long-haul flights

After Jet Airways’ exit from the scene, Air India is the only airline in the country that has wide-body aircraft to operate non-stop long-haul flights to areas such as Europe and the United States.

Now, other airlines want to expand flight services on international routes and therefore, each one is trying to get the most number of routes vacated by Jet Airways, a senior government official said.