Air India to regain past glory: Ravi

Air India to regain past glory: Ravi

Thiruvananthapuram: Air India should regain its past glory and become the face of the country in the international transport route, union civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi said on Sunday.

“It is true that the private sector has emerged as a major player in the aviation sector. But Air India should be the face of the country in the international transport route. I am for regaining its past glory. That does not mean that I am underestimating private players," Ravi said.

The public carrier had to compete with private companies and should have more number of aircraft for its operations, he said.

Complaints about excess fare being levied from travellers bound for Gulf in the Air India Express during holidays would be examined said Ravi who is also the union minister for overseas Indian affairs.

“I have been talking with officials of Airlines in the last few days and discussions will also be held with employees including pilots’ associations and cabine crews in the next week," he said.

The minister called upon co-opertaions of people from all walks of life to help execute his new job.

He said the user fee proposed to be introduced in the coming new international terminal at Thiruvananthapuram would be decided after discussions with authorities concerned.

Ravi said the Air India-Indian Airlines merger had not gone on smoothly and corrective steps would be taken.

The open sky policy of the centre had attracted more travellers to the air route with budget airlines making an entry in the sector, he said.

The new Air India Express office would be set up in Kochi for the operations wing while the AIE engineering department would be in Thiruvananthapuram, he said.