Govt reviewing access given to foreign airlines: Sanjay Nirupam

Govt reviewing access given to foreign airlines: Sanjay Nirupam New Delhi: Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam on Tuesday said the government is reviewing the access given to foreign airlines under Bilateral Air Services Agreements in the last 10 years.

Nirupam said the seats given to foreign carriers under the bilateral agreements was detrimental to the business prospects of Air India and other carriers.

"The PMO has ordered for a review of all the bilaterals given in the last 10 years (by India) and the Committee of Secretaries is looking into the matter," Nirupam said while speaking at the National Convention of Civil Aviation Joint Action Front (CAJAF) here today.

CAJAF is the umbrella body of the national carrier Air India's employees' unions.

In a unity rarely seen in politics, the occasions saw the left, the Congress and BJP share a common platform that had the theme--Save Air India.

Communist Party of India Leader Gurudas Dasgupta blamed government policies for the financial hardship being faced by Air India.

"It is the entire government and not just Ministry of Civil Aviation that is responsible for the ill-health of the Air India...government is aggressively becoming anti-people, anti-worker," Dasgupta said.

Bureau Report