The primary aim of the policy is to ensure a tariff of no more than Rs 2,500 per ticket for each flying-hour with a host of incentives and other benefits to both airport developers and operators to make that happen.

"A lot of consultation has taken place. We invite suggestions from stakeholders and public -- since it involves the people of India. After all those suggestions come in, we will look into it," Civil Aviation Minister Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju said. "The policy will also have a fixed period of existence, so that Industry can plan in advance.

That is the idea," the minister told a press conference to unveil the new draft, along with his deputy Mahesh Sharma."The basic behind of National Civil Aviation Policy is to take flying to the masses," Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said, adding operators will get some doles to fly to smaller towns with incentives linked to fuel prices and inflation.

"We currently have some 430 airstrips and airports. But only around 90 in operation -- nearly 300-odd are not being used. This is a Huge unused asset. These airports will form the basis for enhancing our regional connectivity," Choubey added.

He said these will be upgraded into a no-frills airport at cost of Rs 50 crore each. Besides, to make operations in such airports feasible, the security will be aircraft-based -- so that the airport is sanitised just around an hour or two before the flight.

The policy dwells on upgrade of airports, better regional connectivity, easing of norms for flying abroad, further liberalisation in open skies regime, development of cargo business, chopper services, attracting investments in maintenance sector, ground handling and security.

 

 

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