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Setback for IndiGo, Jet's unused flight quota to be shared equitably

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Unimpressed by IndiGo's suggestion to grounded Jet Airways' unused slots in proportion to the fleet size of rival carriers, the government has decided to give higher seat quota on foreign routes to the carriers launching flights on unserved sectors or those witnessing spike in air fares.

This is a setback for the largest private carrier whose co-founders and are reported to have differences over control of the and are taking legal advice from experts.

Most private carriers want traffic rights for lucrative short-haul destinations such as Dubai, Doha, Dhaka, and

"Everybody wants rights for foreign routes where capacity is not going to be an issue after mounts flights. The have been advised to plan those routes which are under-served or have seen a spike in air fares after suspended its operation," said a person aware of the development.

Civil secretary chaired a meeting with top CEOs on Friday to discuss re-allocation of unused foreign rights of

"The rights would be given on a temporary basis and for the ongoing summer schedule," said an of a private

He said that demand made by and are almost same with both the carriers wanting more seat quota on the India-Gulf sector.

"and are another routes want to fly more seats," the said.

is learnt to have shown keen interest to fly about 8,000 more seats on India-sector besides asking additional frequency to

"The airlines have been asked to come out with fresh suggestions. This will be analyzed before final decision on allocation,a an said.

Preferring over the private carriers, the civil ministry earlier this week decided to about 5,700 weekly seats to the out of grounded Jet Airways' unused quota on the lucrative India-route.

The was also promised over 5,000 seats on India-route besides about 4,600 additional seats to and from

The would be launching new flights to from and from June 1 utilizing the fresh seats allocated to it out of Jet's unused rights.

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 21:56 IST