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Air-India not to operate on domestic sector

August 19, 2003 15:07 IST

Air-India has no plans to operate on the domestic sector, Minister of state for Civil Aviation Rajiv Pratap Rudy informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

In a written reply, Rudy said that the Airline Allied Services Limited, a subsidiary of Indian Airlines, has inducted four ATR-42-320 (Turbo Prop-48 seater) aircraft on a dry lease basis for a period of five years for air connectivity in the North Eastern region.

He also said a committee has been constituted to study and identify routes/aircraft for enhancing regional connectivity on non-metro routes within the country.

Agreements: Rudy said India has concluded bilateral air services agreements/negotiations with 12 countries on the basis of balance of advantage and reciprocity to either side during the last one year.

The countries are Kenya (2120 seats), Sri Lanka (600 seats), Saudi Arabia (900 seats), South Korea (800 seats), Malaysia (3100 seats), Turkey (900 seats), Italy (7 frequencies), Gulf States (607 seats), Dubai (500 seats) Thailand (5795 seats), Ukraine (250 seats) and Slovakia (750 seats), he said.

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