Let more private airlines fly overseas

The government’s reported willingness to relax the eligibility criteria for domestic airlines looking to fly overseas is welcome. It would allow India’s airlines to corner a bigger share of the international traffic, to and from India. Only those scheduled carriers having five-years experience of continuous domestic operations and a minimum fleet size of 20 aircraft are currently permitted to operate international routes, except to Gulf countries. Of the eight major private domestic airlines, only Jet Airways and Air Sahara meet these norms and are already flying to foreign destinations.

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