Last Updated on March 9, 2021 2207 hrs IST

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have said in an affidavit before the National Company Law Tribunal that Jet Airways cannot claim historical precedence over airport slots.

As per slot allocation guidelines issued in May 2013, the ‘use it or lose it’ rules define the historical precedence which is only granted for a series of slots. Based on this MoCA and DGCA in a Joint Affidavit stated that since Jet has not applied for slots for the last three consecutive seasons and hence, does not qualify for claiming the benefits of historical precedence.

The slots and traffic rights belonging to Jet were allocated to other airlines, enabling them to fill capacity vacuum and the launch new services after the fall of the airline. MoCA had said its slots and traffic rights were allocated to other airlines in the larger public interest and purely on a temporary basis. However, the government’s latest affidavit filed on Monday is presently silent on the issue.

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