Airports Authority of India objects to proposal to let airlines carry out ground handling

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has raised objections to the aviation ministry's proposal to allow airlines to carry out ground handling on their own, a plan that people in the know said was approved as part of the draft civil aviation policy despite the state-owned airport operator's opposition. It seems, allowing airlines to do ground handling themselves would go against the reasons for bringing in the Ground Handling Policy which has been cleared by the government in the past. The policy's main aim was ensuring adequate security at the airports. As per Aviation ministry, The concern over security was addressed by bringing in a rule to mandate airlines to hire people only on long-term contract (minimum one year) for ground handling. They have also been asked to hire employees on their rolls and not on contract from outside agencies. The court has yet to give a final verdict on the matter.

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