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India to Revise Foreign Policy for Airlines

Aviation ministry aims to satisfy all airlines with revised rule

The Indian government is planning to revise its controversial ‘5/20′ policy for international aviation, following complaints from start-up airlines.

The ruling requires airlines to operate domestic routes for five years and built a fleet of 20 aircraft before they are eligible to launch international flights.

New airlines including AirAsia India and Vistara have called for the ruling to be scrapped, but they face opposition from existing airlines, such as Jet Airways, IndiGo and SpiceJet, which have already complied with the policy.

To avoid taking sides in the dispute, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has asked the government to create a replacement for the 5/20 rule. While the new policy is yet to be decided, it is likely to be a watered down version of the existing rule, in an effort to satisfy all parties. Read More