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Civil Aviation Ministry directed Airlines to Limit Number of Privileged Seats

May 20, 2013 09:46 IST

The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on 17 May 2013 asked all airlines to limit the number of privileged seats for which they can charge the fee, as few carriers impose price tags on a large number of these seats. The Aviation Ministry has also asked the airlines to identify the rows of seats to be charged.

However, no upper limit is set on the number of privileged seats or was any time limit fixed for the airlines to take a decision on the issue. The deadline for reduction of the number of foreign pilots to zero was also extended by three years till 2016. The Civil Aviation Ministry also directed the airlines to reduce the number of expatriates in their ranks and to recruit more Indians, who hold the Commercial Pilot License, even as trainees. The deadline for both the things was earlier set till 2013 and in a period of two years from 2010 to 2012, the number of expatriate pilot came down from 854 to 324.

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