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Greater scrutiny for new private airline licenses

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 23:18 IST
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With most Indian private airlines incurring huge losses in the recent months, the civil aviation ministry has decided on more stringent scrutiny of fresh applications from firms intending to start airlines.

"We don't want the private airlines to incur such huge losses, so applications for those who want to start a private airline in India will be more closely scrutinised," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel said Thursday after a meeting with representatives major domestic private airlines.

The government would like the domestic civil aviation sector to flourish and all steps required in that direction would be taken, he added.

Patel said his ministry would take up the private airlines' demand to reduce air traffic fuel prices. "I will take up this matter with the oil companies and the petroleum ministry," he said.

The ministry would also approach the finance ministry regarding issues related to taxes charged on rental or leasing of aircraft by the domestic airline, Patel said.

He assured that the ministry's preparations for tackling delay of flights due to fog during winters were much better now compared to last year.

The latest CAT-3 facility installed at the two Delhi airports would ensure that there would not be much problem in coming months, he said.