Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Praful Patel brings in industry friendly norms for aviation sector

The aviation industry has seen a lot of action in the recent past on the M&A front. In line with the trends, Praful Patel the civil aviation minister has decided to support mergers & acquisitions (M&As) in the sector with industry-friendly norms, reported Times Now.

Simple rules for the transfer of traffic rights and the right to use airport infrastructure to facilitate M&As in the sector are among the initiatives proposed in the comprehensive civil aviation policy, which will be considered by a group of ministers (GoM) soon.

The civil aviation ministry’s stand should help M&A deals by making it clear that an airline which takes over another can use the traffic rights of the latter. Parking bays, landing slots, hangars, check-in stands, lounge areas, ticketing areas and office space would also get transferred.

In the aviation sector, management change makes it mandatory for airlines to get several clearances all over again from various authorities including the civil aviation ministry, the Director General of Civil Aviation, Airports Authority of India, the home ministry and the corporate affairs ministry, which could change if the new policy is approved by the GoM.

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