After Air India, private carriers too lift ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

A day after Air India lifted the ban on Ravindra Gaikwad, the Federation of Indian Airlines, a group of major private carriers, also revoked its ban on the Shiv Sena Member of Parliament.

The FIA counts Jet Airways, Go Air, IndiGo, JetLite and SpiceJet among its members.

With this, Gaikwad, who travelled to Mumbai today morning in the Rajdhani Express, is free to fly any route, any airline.

Vistara remains the only private airline that hasn't yet clarified whether they will fly the controversial MP or not.

Gaikwad had been barred from flying by Air India and the FIA after he repeatedly hit an Air India staffer during an argument on March 23.

On Friday, the Osmanabad MP wrote to the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju expressing 'regret' for the incident, which grabbed national headlines.

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