The Telegraph
Wednesday , May 28 , 2014
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Focus on FDI deals in aviation

Raju: Big plans

New Delhi, May 27: Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who took charge of the civil aviation ministry today, said foreign direct investment deals stuck in the pipeline would be studied to work out solutions.

Following the government’s decision to allow foreign airlines to pick up stakes of up to 49 per cent in local carriers in September 2012, Etihad, AirAsia and Singapore Airlines have forged alliances with domestic carriers but the deals have been caught up in regulatory hurdles.

On the smooth implementation of the FDI policy in aviation, Raju said all problems would be dealt with in a proper way.

“We have to address the problems. Problems cannot be swept under the carpet. So, all these angles have to be taken care of when addressing them,” he added.

He said his portfolio was challenging and he would utilise the opportunity to work for the people.

“Any sector has its own challenges and civil aviation is bound to have its own. Challenges generate opportunities and they have to be utilised. Utilising it in the interest of the people is the important factor.”

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has made it mandatory for major airports to provide automated buggies for intra-terminal travel and small trolleys for carrying hand bags beyond security check.

“Automated buggies must be provided free of charge for all senior citizens, expectant mothers, physically challenged passengers and other needy travellers at all airports having over 50,000 annual flight movements,” it said.

It, however, has not listed names of the airports covered under the scheme.