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The new national aviation policy appears to link social welfare with business logic (“Govt. clears civil aviation policy, makes flying cheaper”, June 16). The slew of measures announced enable a competitive business ambience and one should credit the government for trying to be innovative. However, when sectors like health care need to meet stringent rules in order to operate, why not apply the same logic to airlines?

Vikram Sundaramurthy, Chennai

Scrapping the ‘5/20’ rule is not a productive idea. Start-up airlines need at least a few years to settle down in the business especially in a complex country like India. There is also the need for proper investments, infrastructure and licensed professionals. One also waits to see how the moves to make flying cheaper will pan out especially when there is the issue of a cess to be borne by air passengers.

G. Sudha Nachiar, Erode

Capping fares for short flights will not only boost air travel in smaller towns but also lead to higher growth. While the aim of becoming the third largest aviation market in the world is fine, there should be no compromises as far as safety, security and service are concerned.

Bal Govind, Noida

With the advent of privatisation in the aviation sector, several airlines rose and fell owing to reasons such as an unsustainable business model to the absence of a conducive environment. We cannot forget the Kingfisher Airlines episode in a hurry. One hopes that there is proper scrutiny of new entrants. Measures aimed to boost connectivity to the Northeastern and far-flung areas of the country by regional airlines will hopefully bring tangible economic benefits to these places.

M. Jeyaram, holavandan, Tamil Nadu

While most of the policy decisions including determining tariffs may benefit passengers, operators are sure to be hesitant in operating on hitherto unserved routes as they are by and large loss-making sectors. One also cannot rule out the possibility of the civil aviation authority making services to these destinations compulsory, which may only cause turmoil. It is not known whether this decision was made after consultation with the operators. With the state of the general economy none-too-impressive, there is little scope for an increase in passenger numbers.

V. Lakshmanan, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

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