India will oppose EU threat to fine AI,Jet

India is likely to oppose the reported European Union threat to impose fines on Air India and Jet Airways for not accepting EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme and not reporting their emissions over European sky,officials said on Friday.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2013 4:13 am

India is likely to oppose the reported European Union threat to impose fines on Air India and Jet Airways for not accepting EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme and not reporting their emissions over European sky,officials said on Friday.

Only these two Indian carriers,which fly to Europe,are likely to be slapped a total fine of around euro 30,000,while eight Chinese carriers could face fines totalling euro 2.4 million,they said.

Refusing to be cowed down to the threat,the officials,requesting anonymity,said the Indian carriers operate a total of about 5-6 flights a day,while their European counterparts together operated 30-40 daily flights to India.

On top of this,several European carriers overfly India for which they require permission. The officials said India had the option of taking counter-measures which could “prove costly for European carriers.”

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