Aviation secretary RN Choubey has directed that chief executives and not mid-level officials should represent airlines and airport operators for important stakeholder meetings with government after finding top honchos missing from a meeting convened recently.
Sources said Choubey made the observation after finding only a couple of airline CEOs in a meeting convened to address issues related to their dealing with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), ministry, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
“Secretary highlighted the importance of such stakeholders’ consultation at the ministry level. He also directed that in future for both airlines and airport operators, participation in such meetings should be at the CEO level only and, if required, one participant may accompany each CEO,” said the minutes of a May 24 meeting, accessed by Hindustan Times.
While Choubey and other senior officials were present from the ministry, AAI, DGCA and BCAS were represented by their respective heads.
Among airlines, only the CEOs of Vistara and IndiGo were present while among the airport operators the chief executives of Delhi and Mumbai airports attended the meeting.
“When a meeting is being specifically convened by the ministry and, that too, to address the problems being faced by airline and airport operators like issues relating to security clearance, wet leasing of planes, licensing, you would obviously expect top executives to be present to brief government officials about the problems they are facing. You can’t have junior or mid-level officials for such high-level meetings,” said an aviation ministry official.