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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 17, 2013
India remains opposed to the European Union’s emission norms for airlines even as European Commission said it may fine Air India and Jet Airways for not sharing emission data. A senior aviation ministry official said that the matter will be taken-up with the commission.

Air India and Jet Airways are the two airlines that fly to Europe .

As per news reports, European Commission has said that it could fine Indian and Chinese airlines for not sharing emission data. Indian carriers could be fined as much as €30,000.

“We have read reports but we will wait for an official communication. We had opposed the European Union’s emission trading scheme (ETS), which we considered a unilateral move. We had directed our airlines not to share any data with the EU,” a senior aviation ministry official said. “We had suggested that the International Civil Aviation Organisation take a decision on the issue but if they take unilateral decision, we will protect our carriers and take retaliatory action.”

Sources in AI and Jet said they will act as per the aviation ministry’s advice.

“It’s not so that when we make our European laws, then we say they count for everybody except for Chinese and Indians — and that is no different in the aviation sector,” Connie Hedegaard, the union’s commissioner for climate action, has been quoted as saying in media reports.

AI flies to London, Frankfurt and Paris. Jet flies to London and Brussels and may add more destinations in coming months.