Opinion | Mergers and JVs don’t always work in aviation

The Indian airline industry is in distress. Carriers are struggling with high fuel costs, falling yields and mounting losses amidst hyper competition. One key reason for this mess is the lack of professionalism in the way most airlines are run.

Despite being part of the world’s third largest aviation market by revenue, traffic and network, there continues to remain stark, glaring differences in how Indian airlines are run when compared to their rivals abroad. In the United States and Europe, CEOs and boards of air carriers are held more accountable by shareholders, staff, the government and the travelling public. In India, there is an air of laxity.

A couple of examples will make this clear. One, despite knowing about the closure of Dubai Airport a year before, no Indian carrier took steps to lobby or put up a case with the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Read More

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