I think Praful Patels concerns will be mroe with improvng the airports in the country, especially Mumbai, as well as concentrating on reviving the long defunct "Cargo Hub" project in Nagpur. COnsidering the drubbing the Congress got in the Vidarbha region (indeed Prafull Patel himself LOST the elections from the same region), concentrating on these would make sense, both politically as well as socially. A well developed international cargo hub at Nagpur would go a long way in attracting investment to this backward area.
far as airlines go, there was serious worry that a certain pvt airline would be benefitted, and very legitimately so. I personally think that Prafull Patel must adopt a "hands-off policy" as far as the national carriers go ,and avoid giving in to the kind of tactics that were used against BJP
ministers like RUdy and Hussain. IC
was being forced to cancel a very lucrative morning flight on the DEL-PAT route becuase a certain pvt carrier wanted to operate the morning flight as well. Ultimately the morning IC
flight wasnt cancelled but the situation did get ugly. Similar tactics have also been adopted where IC
has been forced to replace their A320 flight with a CD
732 flight, which also serves to drive passengers to the competition.
Mr.Patel, especially considering his publicly known links with ahem a certain airline CEO, would do well to walk clear of controversy.