Cong MP for check on allotting routes to Gulf based airlines

A Congress member in Rajya Sabha demanded a check on allotting new routes to Gulf based airlines saying this will hamper the operation of Air India and other carriers.

Updated: Mar 24, 2011, 20:13 PM IST

New Delhi: A Congress member in Rajya
Sabha on Thursday demanded a check on allotting new routes to Gulf
based airlines saying this will hamper the operation of Air
India and other carriers.

In his Special Mention, Rajiv Shukla (Cong) also demanded
a probe to find out how many Indian routes, especially the
golden routes, are being alloted to carriers like Emirates,
Air Asia and Fly Dubai.

Shukla said Emirates and Air Asia increased their number
of flights to India in last five years and a Dubai based low
cost airline Fly Dubai also started its operation on Indian
routes.

"Many new routes are getting alloted, which should be
stopped because it will hamper the operation of Air India and
other Indian carriers.

Emirates have 184 weekly flights to India as compared to
179 flights of Air India and it (Emirates) was aiming to raise
this by about 10-15 per cent....many new routes are given to
Emirates to operate in major routes, which will hamper the
operations of Air India, which is already in a huge debt, and
other Indian carriers," Shukla said.

The Congress member requested the Civil Aviation Minister
to "seriously consider" the matter and demanded that
"domination" of such airlines should be stopped.

In another mention, Naresh Chandra Agrawal (BJP) demanded
a check on "arbitrary" increase in fares of airline tickets.
He also sought provisions for reservation of seats for
VIPs and MPs in various airlines.

Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) demanded that the Centre should
give financial assistance to states in wake of the 6th pay
commission recommendations, which prescribe higher wages to
government employees.

Prabhat Jha (BJP) said deficiencies in the working of the
government departments should be removed so that they can
fully utilise foreign aid.

Tapan Kumar Sen (CPI-M) said in his mention that issues
related to Free Trade Agreement with the European Union
should be deliberated thoroughly before its finalisation.

Brijlal Khabri (BSP) demanded release of funds for setting
up Gram Nyayalayas in Uttar Pradesh.

EMS Sudarsana Natchiappan (Cong) made a demand for
introducing verbatim reporting system in courts by making
appropriate law.

PTI