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Dec 05, 2012 at 03:50pm IST

Air India's performance has improved, promotions will start next month: Ajit Singh

New Delhi: Air India's performance standards have improved and promotions to its employees, which had been stopped recently, will be started from next month, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

He said during Question Hour, that though Air India was still suffering losses, its performance has improved and it has returned some of the loans taken from banks. "An oversight committee looks at performance standards of Air India every six months. So far, Air India has improved its performance standards," he said.

The minister stated that most recommendations of Justice Dharmadhikari Committee on integration of erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines employees have been implemented. "Only promotions were stopped... We will start with the promotions from next month," Singh said, adding a promotion committee has already been constituted.

Air India's performance has improved: Ajit Singh

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said Air India has returned some of the loans taken from banks.

However, the minister said Air India is not making profits on most routes and on some it is not even meeting the fuel cost. "As per provisional Route Economics for April-June, 2012, out of 184 services, only 16 services met the total costs, 99 services did not meet cash cost and 69 services met the cash cost but not the total costs," Singh said.

He informed the House that Air India's improved performance has boosted its market share to 20.8 per cent. He rued that MPs ask for commercial Air India flights on routes which are commercially not viable. Singh refused to set a time limit for turning around the airline, saying it is a "continuous process".