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Aviation Minister Holds A Meeting With Airlines Industry Executives

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Published:


  • Aviation Minister conducts a meeting to discuss pressing aviation industry factors
  • Various industry executives operating in India also attended the meeting

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday held a meeting with industry executives of the sector to discuss current pressing matters such as fare environment, slot allocation and taxation on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), according to an official.

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"The meeting was held by the minister with airport operators, MRO (maintenance and repair and overhaul) companies as well as airlines," a senior government official said.

Airlines such as IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet etcetera and airport operators such as Airports Authority of India (AAI), Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) and others participated in the meeting.

Various issues discussed

"Issues related to slot allocation - especially since Jet Airways is not in operation and its slots have been temporarily allocated - were discussed. Taxation on ATF as well as the current fare environment was also taken up in the meeting," the official said.

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Issues related to Jet Airways' foreign traffic rights, which have also been allocated to other airlines just like its slots, were also discussed at the meeting, the official said. Jet Airways had shut down its operations on April 17 due to a lack of funds. The airline is currently undergoing insolvency proceedings. "I was very encouraged with the positivity with which the captains of the industry put forth their problems & suggestions. I have no doubt that we will be able to work in tandem to find the way forward," Hardeep Puri added. 

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Minister's statement on Twitter

It has been reported that the minister has also offered to meet the industry executives every month to find a solution to the problems that the industry is facing. 

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