The government has garnered more than Rs 1.15 crore towards funds for the regional air connectivity scheme, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said.
The new aviation policy has brought in a lot of forward-looking changes to boost the slumping aviation industry; these changes have been made to make the industry more dynamic and lucrative for all the players and to level the playing field. One of the major changes which have been welcomed by the smaller airlines is that, prior to the policy change, an airline needed to have 20 planes and five years of local operations to fly overseas.
The Centre will set up 50 regional airports over the next three years, according to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Â“We estimate about 50 new regional airports to come up in the next three years. Ten of them would be ready by the end of this year,Â” Gajapathi Raju told BusinessLine newspaper.
Arunachal Pradesh has urged the Centre to develop airports and other ancillaries in the State in its new aviation policy. The matter was raised by the Arunachal Civil Aviation Minister Thangwang Wangham in a meeting for consultation of the Draft Civil Aviation Policy, convened by the Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju in New Delhi.