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A top in­dus­try source told FC that GoAir wrote to the min­istry in March 2012, seek­ing re­lax­ation in 5/20 rule that re­quired a lo­cal airline to op­er­ate flights in do­mes­tic skies for min­i­mum five years be­fore seek­ing per­mis­sion for for­eign oper­a­tions

The work on abol­ish­ing the 5/20 rule in fact started “clan­des­tinely” in the last few months of the UPA-II regime and even some of the of­fi­cers con­cerned were not kept in the loop, the source added

The rule could not be re­laxed then as dates for the 2014 Gen­eral Elec­tions had been an­nounced and the model code of con­duct was in place bar­ring the gov­ern­ment from tak­ing ma­jor de­ci­sions

It was fi­nally re­laxed by the Modi gov­ern­ment, which made it a part of the Na­tional Avi­a­tion Pol­icy, 2016, touted as the first such doc­u­ment in the his­tory of In­dian avi­a­tion

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