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Diplomatic stance

Govt has to maintain fine balance between demands of foreign airlines, requirement of local airlines

Awarding air traffic rights has always been a contentious issue in India. The government of the day has to maintain a fine balance between the demands of foreign airlines, which see India as a huge market, and the requirement of local airlines. Then there are legacy issues and a Comptroller and Auditor General report, which have said that successive governments have given away traffic rights hurting the interests of national carrier Air India. When asked if the government was planning to grant more rights to Dubai, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju didn’t give a ...