International flight operations — that were earlier restricted till November 30 — may return to normalcy soon, said Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal.
Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal on Wednesday, November 24, said international flight operations are expected to return to normal soon. “We expect normalcy to return in international flight operations very soon,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
The Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on October 29 had extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights till November 30. The DGCA notice, however, stated that the restrictions would not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
The DGCA had also said that the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis.
AIR INDIA HANDOVER LIKELY BY END OF DECEMBER
Speaking about its loss-making carrier Air India, Rajiv Bansal said it is likely to be handed over to the Tata group by the end of the year. “We are making efforts to handover all operations of Air India by the end of December,”
The government in October issued a letter of intent (LoI) confirming the sale of its 100 per cent stake in Air India to Tata Group for Rs 18,000 crore, a senior official said.
Tatas beat the Rs 15,100-crore offer by a consortium led by SpiceJet promoter Ajay Singh and the reserve price of Rs 12,906 crore set by the government for the sale of its 100 per cent stake in the loss-making carrier.
While this will be the first privatisation since 2003-04, Air India will be the third airline brand in the Tatas’ stable – it holds a majority interest in AirAsia India and Vistara, a joint venture with Singapore Airlines Ltd. Tata Sons plans to merge low-fare airline AirAsia India with Air India Express, the budget carrier of Air India.