No foreign carrier applied to start fully-owned domestic airline: Govt

The government on Wednesday junked reports that a foreign airline was set to start a domestic passenger carrier in the country through the 100 per cent FDI route.

Replying to a query about Qatar Airways planning to start a fully owned domestic passenger carrier here, MoS for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the central government has not received any application from foreign airlines to start a domestic passenger carrier.

Earlier, Qatar Airways had said that it was planning to start a domestic airline in India with the investment arm of gulf nation’s government.

Under the current rules, a foreign airline can only invest up to 49 per cent in domestic airline. However, in partnership with an institutional investor, the foreign airline can invest and set up a 100 per cent owned domestic passenger carrier.

Earlier, Qatar Airways had said that it was planning to start a domestic airline in India with the investment arm of gulf nation’s government.

Under the current rules, a foreign airline can only invest up to 49 per cent in domestic airline. However, in partnership with an institutional investor, the foreign airline can invest and set up a 100 per cent owned domestic passenger carrier.

The Minister elaborated that the government was considering stakeholders’ views before framing any policy that allows for 100 per cent FDI into domestic airlines.

“There are various opinions on this matter of 100 per cent FDI. We are considering what the Indian airlines through FIA (Federation of Indian Airlines) are saying,” Sinha told reporters.

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