Indian aviation: A conundrum
The country needs an aviation policy that focuses on the sector as core infrastructure. Captain Gopinath, chairman, Deccan Charters emphasised, “On regulatory side the government made rules for Air India the first fifty years followed by Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines, and then for airport operators. We need strong aviation policy for the country than an airline or an operator. We know that airlines lobbied with the government so that FDI does not happen and Kingfisher Airlines collapses. Had FDI come three years earlier Kingfisher Airlines might have survived. We businessmen are to blame as we cozy up to politicians and do not think long term for the industry. There is no future for any of us if we do not expand our customer base as then we will cannibalise each other's passengers.”
Low cost not low fares
The only positive picture emerged from the LCC success story, is the fact that in India low cost airline does not necessarily mean low fares. Aditya Ghosh, president, IndiGo Airlines stated, “We
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