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5/20 Jinn Still In The Cage: Centre To Domestic Airliners

[New Delhi]5/20 Jinn Still In Cage: Centre To Domestic Airliners
Govt has not taken any decision on on fate of 5/20 rule:
The government today conceded the demand of the promoters of old airlines for a “patient” hearing on the issue even as it said no decision has been taken on the fate of the regulation.
At a meeting, chaired by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the promoters contended that relaxing of the norms will have negative impact on domestic connectivity and services and may lead to rise in airfares.
The meeting comes at a time the Civil Aviation Ministry is preparing a draft note on the new aviation policy to take it to the Cabinet for its approval.
The decade-old regulation requires an Indian carrier to have a minimum five years of domestic flying experience and a fleet of at least 20 planes to fly overseas.
The meeting was attended by
Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal,
IndiGo promoter Rahul Bhatia, its
President Aditya Ghosh and
SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh, among others.
A controversy had been triggered when the Civil Aviation Ministry held a meeting with two Tata Group-promoted startup airlines — Vistara and AirAsia India — to discuss the proposed aviation policy as part of the stakeholders’ consultation on the draft civil aviation policy.
The FIA, which comprises Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir, and claims to represent more than 90 per cent of the domestic airlines industry, took strong objection to this “one sided” confabulations which had also included discussions on international flying norms for domestic carriers, popularly known as “5/20 norm”

Indian Aviation Minister Seems Fed up With Decade Old 5/20 Rule So Calls It Pain in the Neck

[New Delhi]Indian Govt Seems Fed up With 5/20 Norm So Calls It Pain in the Neck
GoAir+Vistara+AirAsia India Only Are Not Eligible For Operating International Flights From India as they do Not Meet the 5/20 Norm.
Making a strong case for doing away with the ‘5/20’ norm for domestic carriers,
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today dubbed this Decade Old Regulation as “a Pain in the Neck”.
Under the ‘5/20’ regulation, domestic airlines in operation for at least five years and with a fleet of minimum 20 planes are allowed to fly on international routes.
The minister’s stance comes at a time when the Ministry is reviewing the 5/20 norm and is discussing the issue with various stakeholders.
“I, for one, would like to get rid of it. Unfortunately it was a Cabinet decision taken by a government… The reasoning in that file and Cabinet note are rather funny. I think it has to go.
“It is an outdated thing. It is like a dinosaur and dinosaurs are heavier. When you wear it in the neck, it is a pain in the neck,” Raju said.
He was responding to a query about 5/20 norm during a ‘Tourism Investors Meet’
By bringing in changes in the more than decade-old rule, the government seeks to address the imbalance between domestic and foreign carriers.
At present, budget carrier GoAir, which had started operations in November 2005 is the only domestic carrier among the old players that is not eligible for overseas operations, as it does not have 20 planes.
New airlines Vistara and AirAsia India are also not eligible for operating international flights from India as they do not meet the 5/20 norm.
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