17-Nov-2011 11:06 AM

India to investigate SWISS and Austrian ownership concerns

India’s Civil Aviation Ministry is seeking clarification about the ownership structure of SWISS and Austrian Airlines, both owned by Germany’s Lufthansa Group, and their permitted services to India under existing bilateral air services agreements (Business Standard, 17-Nov-2011). Indian officials have raised concerns the two airlines are violating substantial ownership and effective control clauses. India has previously threatened to take away SWISS and Austrian’s landing rights as the Government believes neither is owned by parties domiciled in their respective countries.