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India lifts ban on Airbus A380s landing at four main airports

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:47 PM
An A380 Airbus arrives on the tarmac during the Airbus annual press conference in Colomiers, near Toulouse, Jan 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India will allow Airbus A380 planes to land at the country's four main airports, the civil aviation ministry said on Monday, lifting restrictions on the superjumbos flying into the country.

The four airports equipped to handle the A380s are in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the ministry said.

The ban on A380s was mainly due to concerns that foreign carriers may further hurt state-run Air India by grabbing a larger share of international traffic.

The rule change will benefit carriers like Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and British Airways that operate the super-jumbo and fly to India, as well A380 customers like Etihad and Qatar Airways who have yet to take delivery of the aircraft.

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