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Trouble for Tata Sons,Telstra’s Air Asia JV in India?

A week has gone by since Air Asia submitted data,but Indian govt has not responded.

Civil Aviation Ministry will clear the application of Air Asia India to launch its operations in the country as soon as it submits all the required data,Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said today.

He also suggested that the proposed airline,a joint venture between Malaysian airlines Air Asia,the Tata Sons and Telstra Tradeplace of Arun Bhatia,would save time if they also named the CEO of the company soon.

“They (Air Asia) have just submitted the application. The Ministry is looking at it. When all the data is there,I can tell you,the Ministry is very active,proactive. If we get all the required data it should be cleared very soon,” Singh said.

He was asked whether the Ministry has found any problem with Air Asia India’s application as it has been a week since they submitted the proposal.

On whether the Ministry has sought more data from Air Asia,Singh said,”I saw in the papers that the CEO’s name was not there. So,asking that is really helping them because they have to go through the security clearance. If they reply,that will save time later on,otherwise it will pull on.”

He was interacting with reporters after announcing the schedule of the ‘India Aviation 2014’ – a 5-day exhibition and airshow on the civil aviation sector – to be held in March next year at Hyderabad.

Following the Jet-Etihad deal,more countries have shown interest in such bilateral deals,Singh said.

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“Demands have come from various countries. With Oman,we have discussed. Singapore we have concluded. We have done it with Abu Dhabi. Other countries have also asked and we are looking into it. There was lot of discussion about this,” he said.