Air Deccan might fly abroad through Sri Lanka
The Indian government has a policy in place for the airline industry stating that for an airline operator to fly to international destinations, they must have at least 5 years experience of flying in the domestic market. Kingfisher Airlines boss Vijay Mallya recently criticized this policy and hoped that the government would reconsider their decision to implement this and encourage the growth of competition in the market.
However, their might be a way for them to get around this restriction. Like what another major player in the market, Air Deccan has done. The first one of the many recently launched private players in the market have got a foreign airline license from Sri Lanka. The companyâ€™s Sri Lankan unit Deccan Lanka has been given permission by the civil aviation authority of Sri Lanka to fly as a designated international scheduled commercial passenger operator.
As a result, the company can start their foreign operations within the next six months. And coupled with the traffic originating from India, they might just start offering international routes to the Indian air travelers. This loophole might prompt other private players to do something similar to get around the Indian governmentâ€™s policy unless the center itself decides to do away with it.
Civil aviation minister Praful Patel has recently said that his ministry would also look into conducting an enquiry into airline companies circumventing domestic laws to fly abroad.