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Background: Held for the first time in Asia, the 14th annual conference of the International Air Transport Association, New Delhi, India, October 27, was opened by Indian Prime Minister Mr. Nehru.
Mr. Nehru praised the world's air lines for the conscious and unconscious service they were rendering in bringing people together and in promoting mutual understanding among them.
It was a great task at any time and more particularly now when there were some elements which added to the lack of understanding and which tended towards conflict.
The chair was taken by Mr. J.R.D. Tata, who gained the first pilot's licence issued in India nearly 30 years ago. Mr. Tata, president of Air India International Corporation, founded Tata Airlines, the original predecessor of Air India International.
In his presidential address mr. Tata said that at no time since commercial aviation began had such significant and costly changes taken place as would take place during the next two years. A serious financial strain was being imposed on the airlines. The question was whether these tremendous efforts and the sacrifices involved would accelerates or retard the further lowering of fares necessary to bring air travel within the means of millions of people who could not afford it to-day.
And the subject of fares was raised by Mr. S.K. Patil, Indian Minister of Transport and Communications, who hoped that the coming of the jet age in commercial aviation would not result in increased air fares.
He said: "You gentlemen will be placing me and every other Communications Minister in the world in a slightly embarrassing position if we have to increase the burden on the air passenger. The collective wisdom and scientific skill of powerful business executives of your standing must come to the rescue of the air passenger of tomorrow and he must be assured not only of fast and comfortable travel but of economic travel."
The conference was scheduled to last a week.