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The aviation ministry sent a cabinet note on the aviation policy earlier this month. Photo: HT
The aviation ministry sent a cabinet note on the aviation policy earlier this month. Photo: HT

Aviation ministry to meet airline CEOs on Wednesday

The CEOs of IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara, SpiceJet and GoAir are among those who are invited for the meeting

New Delhi: Civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey has called a meeting of all airline CEOs on Wednesday to discuss the government’s new aviation policy.

The meeting was called at short notice. On Tuesday morning, airline CEOs got an e-mail from the aviation ministry that Choubey would like to “share key points about the aviation policy at 4 pm" on Wednesday, a person who has seen the email said.

The CEOs of IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara, SpiceJet and GoAir are among those who were invited for the meeting.

The short letter asked the CEOs to make themselves available for this meeting, the person cited above said, asking not to be identified.

The aviation ministry sent a cabinet note on the aviation policy earlier this month. The CEO meeting has been scheduled soon after the Union Cabinet meets.

The much-delayed aviation policy has 22 points and includes proposals for new airlines to fly international routes before completing the mandatory five years of domestic operations, regional connectivity and bilateral international rights.

The policy has long been in the making due to extensive stakeholder consultations. The airline industry has also been divided over many proposals. Old airlines don’t want relaxations that help newcomers while new airlines claim there is room for everyone to grow.

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