Open Skies As Long As You're Indian Airlines

Private carriers struggle as Delhi heavily favors its own

When India announced its version of an open-skies policy four years ago, a handful of private carriers were expected to overtake the government's lumbering monopoly. Travelers were fed up with delays and substandard service on Indian Airlines and its international counterpart, Air-India Ltd. Half a dozen startup airlines took up the challenge, pouring millions into making flying in India cheaper, more competitive, and more hassle-free.

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