It is unfortunate that the Maruti factory had to be shut down indefinitely, following labour unrest. It is time for introspection. The management and workers should find out what went wrong. The management should understand that they cannot go forward unless it takes its employees along. Workers, on their part, should continue to negotiate for periodic pay hikes without resorting to violence.

B. N. Bharath

Bangalore

Airlines’ profits

While it is heartening to read that two airline companies — Jet Airways and SpiceJet — have posted profits in the first quarter of the current fiscal (Business Line, August 4), it is significant to note that during most of the quarter, Air India was not operating, especially on international routes, on account of the strike.

During this period, fares on the circuits where both Air India and Jet fly shot up by more than 25 per cent. On the domestic front, as Kingfisher was running truncated services, all other competitors benefited. Hence, it may be premature to cheer the turnaround in Jet and SpiceJet.

But what is intriguing is whether we need fewer players operating in India to make it a viable business, or should there be more players who can provide competition by lowering fares, increasing routes and providing more and better services.

R. Vishvesh

Mumbai

(This article was published on August 5, 2012)
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