Airlines may be allowed to handle ground operations under new civil aviation policy

The government is likely to allow airlines to handle ground operations on their own in the country's airports, a key change of stance that will meet the demand of carriers and end a court case on the matter. The change will be part of the new civil aviation policy, which will be put up in the public domain for discussions by the end of this month. The government had proposed in 2007 that airlines should outsource ground handling services to one of three agents, including an Air India subsidiary, at the airports of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The airlines opposed the move and went to court, seeking continuation of the existing system. The policy will allow airlines to continue doing ground handling themselves. The case in courts will immediately end as the government agrees to their demand," said a senior civil aviation ministry official, who did not want to be identified. Courtesy: The Economic Times

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