If the EGoM approves the process, the financial bids could be opened the same day, Mr Patel told reporters, adding that the technical bids of all six bidders would be opened after they are reviewed by the inter-ministerial group (IMG).
On Air-Indias fleet acquisition, the minister said that the Cabinet note has been circulated and the ministry will receive comments in 10 days before the Cabinet committee on economic affairs takes it up. On the review of air traffic controller operations, he said CAT-IIIB will be installed by November 30 at Delhi airport and it is up to the airlines now to train their pilots. According to him, Indian Airlines had trained 200 pilots so far on CAT-III B, adding that other airlines should also take it up.
The ministry is in fact considering making CAT-IIIB training mandatory for all airlines, but over a period of time.