India’s ground handling policy grounded yet again

On 01-Jul-2009, the Government of India announced that the introduction of the new ground handling policy would be delayed yet again for another six months. The announcement took place on the very day that the new policy was due to come into effect. Given that the ground handling activity at metro airports in India involves tens of thousands of employees and involves capital equipment valued at millions of dollars, the lack of certainty with respect to planning horizons has been a challenging issue for airports, airlines and ground handlers alike.

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