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David Fickling

India’s Skies Need to Get Friendlier

Combining Air India with Jet Airways would put an end to destructive discounting in the nation’s aviation market.

It's causing the entire airline market to lose altitude.

It's causing the entire airline market to lose altitude.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

To have one airline limping forward on the brink of bankruptcy may be regarded as a misfortune. To have two looks like carelessness.

That’s the fundamental problem for India’s aviation industry, home to the critically ill Jet Airways India Ltd. and its state-owned rival Air India Ltd., which more or less died in 2012 but has been kept on life support thanks to ongoing infusions of taxpayer cash.