India and Singapore signed a new memorandum of understanding on bilateral air services arrangement last month. “The designated airlines of Singapore can operate with any aircraft type except A380,” the aviation ministry said.
“India has consistently refused permission to allow airlines to operate the A380 as our domestic carriers wouldn’t be able to compete with foreign airlines operating the aircraft and would lose traffic,” an aviation ministry official said. “We are basically protecting our airlines bleeding heavily from competition.”
No Indian airline has ordered an A380 except the grounded Kingfisher Airlines, which too has postponed deliveries.