Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NEWS | Crazealad.com/Honeymoon-Packages

Jet Airways, IndiGo and Spicejet to fly abroad on Air India's flying rightsDomestic private-sector carriers are set to increase flights to the Gulf and Southeast Asia, cashing in on the civil aviation ministry's move to do away with national carrier Air India's right of first refusal on overseas flights.

"We are granting approvals for whatever routes the private carriers are applying for, but that doesn't mean Air India's interests are not kept in mind," a senior official of the civil aviation ministry said.

Jet Airways, SpiceJet and IndiGo had filed applications seeking an increase in their overseas flights, especially to the Gulf, after the government earlier this year ended Air India's privilege (or right of first refusal) to have the first say in choosing international routes and even hoarding these rights.

Under the right of first refusal granted to Air India, a private-sector airline was allowed to operate on an overseas route only after the national carrier refused to fly the same.

According to the civil aviation ministry, IndiGo has received approval for 63 new international flights every week, of which 28 are to Dubai and seven to Jeddah, while Spice Jet can now operate 49 new overseas flights, including seven each to Dubai and Riyadh.


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