Govt to release new policy framework to deepen air connectivity in country
In order to improve air connectivity in the country, the Civil Aviation Ministry is preparing to announce a new regulatory framework to encourage small aircraft and helicopter operations. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia is likely to announce the light aircraft policy at the Wings India event in Hyderbad on 25th March.
The Ministry created the Udan regional connectivity project in 2016. Under the Udan plan, almost 400 routes and 66 airports have been operationalized. While 50-70 seater ATR, Bombardier, or Embraer aircraft currently serve the Udan routes, the new policy will accommodate small aircraft with 19 seats or less, seaplanes, and helicopters.
The Ministry has also proposed various approaches for states to disburse viability gap funds in order to make small plane and helicopter operations financially feasible.
Alliance Air, a government-owned company, has leased two Dornier-228 aircraft with a capacity of 19 passengers, which it plans to use on routes in the North East.
Flybig, a regional airline, also announced the signing of a letter of intent with De Havilland Canada for the purchase of up to ten new 19-seater Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.
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