India Okays New Ground Rules for Airlines that Could End Stand-off with U.S.

The government approved a standard operating procedure that would allow designated foreign airlines to self-handle.

Hindustan Times

The Indian government has cleared the way for the resolution early in the New Year of an escalating row with the United States over ground-handling operations by their respective airlines that could have led to “severe tensions” and potentially ended Air India flights to America.

The Modi government approved December 26 a Standard Operating Procedure that would allow designated foreign airlines - from the United States in this instance - to manage their own ground-handling, something that is called self-handling, which would include security functions, according to people associated with the discussions.

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