With the Civil Aviation Ministry set to finalise the aviation policy soon, which will also decide the fate of the norms for international operations by domestic airlines, Tata Sons said the industry should avail opportunities rather than discuss rules. ‘I would say let us all move on.. we have some very powerful competitors. Let every one give their best,’ Mukund Rajan, Director, Vistara Board, said. ‘Let us not get in to this rule or that rule and someone was obstructed here or there,’ Rajan said in an obvious reference to the fight between old airlines and start-ups over the 5/20 rule. While the old airlines’ favour continuation of the rule, under which an Indian carrier should have minimum five years of domestic flying and at least 20 aircraft for going overseas, the two Tata Sons-invested carriers, Vistara and AirAsia India want the norm to be done away with.
Vistara Board, Chairman. SpiceJet, who belongs to the faction that wants the 5/20 rule to stay, was quick to respond. He said he did not see anything wrong in new carriers being asked to ‘serve India’ before being allowed to fly overseas.