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No foreign flights at cost of Indian carriers: Puri

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.Foreign carriers will not be allowed flights into India at the expense of Indian carriers, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri warned on Thursday at a time when India is in the process of negotiating and renegotiating special bilateral arrangements with different countries for allowing limited number of direct flights from and to India.“Foreign carriers are allowed to fly into India, but the time has come for the message to go out loud and clear that this will be not done at the expense of Indian carriers,” Mr. Puri said at a press conference.

The remarks were made days after the first-ever meeting with Germany’s Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation on the “air bubble” agreement which recently broke forcing both Lufthansa and Air India to cancel their October flights between the two countries. Another meeting is scheduled between the two sides on Friday.“Negotiations are on and we are hopeful of a resolution soon,” diplomatic sources said.In a veiled reference to Middle-Eastern carriers as well as other airlines that fly passengers via its hubs to destinations in the U.S. and Europe, Mr. Puri said, “India-U.S. market is a $7 billion market, but the share of Indian carriers is only 17%.

News source ~ The Hindu