Ground handling policy on cards

The civil aviation ministry is giving final touches to the ground handling policy, which seeks to usher in healthy competition at Indian airports among support service providers. The policy will allow domestic private players as well as foreign companies to undertake ground-handling services at various airports across India. A Cabinet note to this effect has been drafted and it is likely to be sent to the Union Cabinet for approval next month.

In order to avoid monopoly, the new policy will try to ensure that two or more players undertake ground handling functions at all airports, a civil aviation ministry official said. The policy will also allow 100% FDI in such functions. The proposed policy is likely to create competition for state-owned carriers Air-India and Indian, which have a strong presence in the ground handling segment now.

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