The government which is planning to sell the national career as it has has incurred huge losses, various governments in the past had given preferential treatment to Air India while allocating bilateral flying rights. These rights specify the number of seats or frequency of flights that can be operated by a country with the other. It is signed by India with nations across the world.
With the signing of air-service agreements with 115 nations by India, millions of passengers every week to be flown by airlines between destinations to and from these nations. These sovereign rights are exclusively owned and allocated by the Indian government. The government will retain Air India's international bilateral flying rights for only six months which may dis-incentivise potential buyers if the rights are re-allocated to other airlines after sale.