SkyTeam talks with Civil Aviation Ministry
Days after Star Alliance suspended Air India’s membership process, top authorities of competing global air travel grouping SkyTeam held talks with Civil Aviation Ministry authorities here to “explore options”.
The delegation, brought by its Controlling Director Michael Wisbrun, met Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi on Friday and “investigated options” as a direct consequence of Air India’s suspension through the worldwide air carriers association Star Alliance, official sources stated.
Throughout the meeting, the SkyTeam delegation was briefed concerning the situation developing from the Star Alliance decision on This summer 31, they stated. The federal government had then called the move as “unpredicted and disappointing”.
The sources, however, didn’t eliminate the potential of re-opening discussions using the Star Alliance.
Additionally they maintained that Air India was “fully compliant” with all of conditions essential for joining a worldwide alliance of air carriers getting been met, the sources stated.
Air India’s bid to become listed on the association experienced a setback on This summer 31 once the 27 airlines’ group suspended the nation’s carrier’s integration in to the network, on grounds it hadn’t met the minimum joining conditions contractually decided to in December 2007.
Joining the alliance would let the ailing company to include depth to its route network within the worldwide sector by supplying people last mile connectivity in foreign nations, therefore making considerable savings.
Star Alliance had also asked private company Jet Airways to become listed on it together with Air India.
While Star Alliance has 27 air carriers, including Lufthansa, Air Canada and Singapore Air carriers, which together operate 21,000 daily plane tickets to at least one,1,60 locations, SkyTeam has 14 member air carriers, including Air France, Alitalia, KLM and Delta Air carriers, getting about 14,000 daily plane tickets to 916 locations.