Unshackling India’s private airlines…again

Waiting for take-off

It was first announced that India’s private airlines will be allowed to fly to South East Asian destinations last December. Then there was silence.

The Indian government has announced – yet again – that unshackling the airline industry is on the cards. Many countries focus their energies to ensuring foreign carriers have a tough time procuring routes and landing rights. India on the other hand tries as hard as it can to prevent its own airlines from becoming stronger players – all in the name of protecting Air India and Indian Airlines, India’s state-owned carriers. Anyone who has taken a domestic flight in India can testify to the immense difference between flying the stodgy Indian Airlines and the on-the-ball private airlines. It is long past the time the fat cats of India’s civil aviation industry were given a real run for their money.