"If the objective of the government with 100 per cent FDI was to get investment to the country, then this will not get any investment as when you set up an airline, essentially you lease aircraft and this will be done from outside India," Mr Singh said. The aviation sector in India is one of the most competitive sectors in the world with "the highest costs and the lowest fares" and we must be assured a "level playing field" so that the sector can grow and prosper, he added.
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"We have made our concerns known to the government. It is up to them to take the appropriate call and we are confident that they will take a call which is in the interest of the country," he further said.
Qatar Airways has earlier this month announced its plan to set up a full service Indian carrier to fly domestic routes with around 100 planes. The proposal comes nearly 9 months after the Indian government allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment in aviation.
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