Smaller towns in India will soon get air connectivity
NEW DELHI, July 18 — India is in the process of providing air connectivity to remote and interior areas of the country including the North Eastern Region and Tier II and III cities, Civil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh said.
The new policy instrument in the form of Route Dispersal Guidelines is under consideration and includes creation of Essential Air Services Fund (EASF) for providing direct subsidy to encourage domestic airlines to fly on these remote and interior routes.
The ministry is also in the process of enhancing the present operations of helicopters and construction of heliports at various places to improve the connectivity of smaller places, including places of religious and tourist importance with bigger cities, he said in his address to the members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry Civil Aviation Ministry in Bangalore on Tuesday.
He added that the Ministry would also soon modify guidelines for acquisition of aircrafts so that Indian carriers become bound to acquire smaller aircrafts needed for providing connectivity to these smaller cities.
As for developing India as an international hub for the passengers, he said the ministry was revisiting the policy regarding bilateral air service agreements with different countries, rationalisation of all bilaterals, traffic entitlements on international routes to Indian carriers and rationalisation of traffic on domestic routes. — Bernama