Fliers may soon be able to use Wi-Fi on-board in India
AdvertisementFliers will soon be able to access Wi-Fi services to make calls and access mails while on board flights in the Indian airspace.
India, at present, does not allow airlines to offer Wi-Fi on board while they fly over the Indian airspace. Foreign carriers fly to and from India switch off Wi-Fi when they are in the Indian airspace.
Availability of Wi-Fi is also expected to provide local airlines with an additional source of revenues amid stiff competition in the Indian aviation market, which has been witnessing one of the highest passenger traffic growth rates in the world.
While the Civil Aviation Ministry has been pursuing the proposal of permitting use of Wi-Fi in flights on-board for "quite some time", various security issues were holding up a final decision on the matter.
"There is fairly a good chance that in 10 days, permission will be given to operate Wi-Fi in the Indian airspace," Choubey said, adding that Cabinet nod might not be required for allowing Wi-Fi facility on-board.
"...if data is going to be allowed, it should be possible to make calls as well. We expect that to happen as well," he said.
Currently, Wi-Fi services and phone calls are not allowed on flights flying over the Indian airspace.
"Obviously, there are security-related issues. The three ministries of Civil Aviation, Telecommunications and Home Affairs are working on this and in 10 days, it should be possible for us to announce...," Choubey said.
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