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Ministerial panel discusses proposed civil aviation policy

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Ministerial panel discusses proposed civil aviation policy

An inter-ministerial panel is understood to have recommended replacing 5/20 international flying norms for domestic carriers, amid bitter tussle between old and new airlines over continuing with the regulation.
The committee, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, today met for the second time and discussed various aspects of the proposed new civil aviation policy.
While there has been no official word, sources said the panel is believed to have pitched for scrapping the 5/20 norm and replace it with some other requirements.
The meeting was also attended by various senior ministers including Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Nitin Gadkari.
The panel’s move assumes significance as the established and startup carriers are engaged in bitter war of words over the 5/20 norm, with noted industrialist Ratan Tata pitching for removal of this rule.
Tata Group owns stakes in two new carriers — AirAsia India and Vistara.
However, the Federation of Indian Airlines — that comprises Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir — are vehemently opposed to scrapping 5/20 rule.
Under 5/20 norm, an Indian carrier is required to have at least five years of domestic operational experience and a minimum of 20 planes to go international

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