News AirAsia gets India operating licence

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  1. dbg

    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    AirAsia on wednesday finally received the Air Operating Permit from the Civil Regulatory body, DGCA. The Indian venture consisting of a partnership between AirAsia + Tata Sons + Telestra. However BJP's Subramanyan Swamy may be its biggest and final hurdle before operations can begin in India. Swamy has filed a plea with the Delhi HC to put a stay on further regulatory approvals and so things still look a little murky for the Airline unless the HC is out in its favor, although Sept-Oct are the propopsed timelines for the national roll out.

    Over to our Airlines expert @JD666 ..
     
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    BANHAMMER Teh Almighty BanHammer Staff Member

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    What is Swamy's point?
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    When the DGCA can stop license permits for new aircraft to a major low cost airline in India, which is also the only profit making venture that we have, what's stopping them in creating hurdles for this new airline.

    The regulatory body needs a shakedown before any airline can think of doing fair business here. If your model works, and you make a profit, the government comes and clamps down your expansion plan, since it's unfair to the other airlines. Why? Coz they don't know how to run a business and you do?

    After the Kingfisher fiasco, this is upbeat news for the market, yes. However from what I've learnt, they (Air Asia) won't be operating flights to Delhi, which doddles under the huge, maintenance hungry Airport that they have built.
     

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