These aircraft would be taken on dry lease between April this year and March, 2017, an Alliance Air spokesperson said.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of state-controlled Air India Limited, Alliance Air operates point-to-point air services to 26 cities with the majority of them being tier-II and tier-111 cities. It has a fleet of 11 aircraft - eight ATRs and three CRJs.

The proposed civil aviation policy, which is in an advanced stage of finalisation, also focuses on boosting regional connectivity and Air India's programme is in line with the same, he said.

In the draft policy, the government has proposed a regional connectivity scheme (RCS) from April 1, 2016, and an all-inclusive fares of up to Rs 2,500 per passenger for a one-hour flight on RCS routes.

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