Friday, May 25, 2007

India ready to discuss frequencies of MAS flights

INDIA is ready to hold discussions with Malaysia to clarify the frequency of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights to Indian cities under its open skies policies, reported Tamil Nesan.

An official from India’s Civil Aviation Ministry said the country did not impose any ban on MAS flights as reported in the papers lately but admitted that India was unhappy with Kuala Lumpur’s decision not to give landing rights to two of its carriers.

Last week, leading local newspapers in India had reported that the Indian Civil Aviation Department had issued a ban warning to MAS as retaliation to Malaysia’s decision not to allow Air Sahara and the Indian Express to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

India had nominated the two carriers to operate the Malaysian route and Air Sahara had started its Delhi-Kuala Lumpur operations last March.

The official said the ministry was ready to discuss the matter and was in the process of preparing a letter for the Malaysian authorities.

India’s move shocked airlines and tourism industry observers, who feared such a ban or even the idea to limit number of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi would harm the booming Malaysian tourism sector, which attracted about 280,000 Indian visitors last year.

Source : STAR
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