Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the new civil aviation policy approved today by the Cabinet will transform the sector and greatly benefit passengers.
He further said that the new policy gives an impetus to affordability, regional connectivity, safety, infrastructure, which is vital for transforming India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 15, 2016
In a major reform of the aviation sector, government today scrapped the 5/20 overseas flying norm for domestic carriers in its new civil aviation policy while capping fares at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights and imposing a "small levy" on passengers towards regional connectivity fund.
The new policy which got approval from the Union Cabinet was aimed at ease of doing business for airline operators, and "affordable, convenient and cheaper" travel for fliers at large, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told the media.
As part of the policy, the ministry will come out with initiatives to develop new airports, separate regulations for helicopters and measures to boost skill development in the aviation sector.
Airlines will also get tax incentives for operating on unserved routes under the regional connectivity scheme.
The government has scrapped the decade-long controversial 5/20 norm and now any domestic airline can fly overseas provided they deploy 20 planes or 20 per cent of their total capacity for domestic operations.
There has been a high decibel debate over the continuance of 5/20 norm--whereby only local airlines having at least five years of operational experience and a fleet of minimum 20 aircraft are allowed to fly overseas.