The year 2016 will be remembered as a historic one which has provided a foundation for the high growth for domestic passengers and airlines through announcement of National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) and Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
Through NCAP, government addressed the bigger issue of domestic fliers by paving way to connect smaller cities by making airports at tier two and three cities operational in near future.
The NCAP announce in the mid of the year 2016 with an emphasis on connecting regional destinations.
Industry, aviation experts believes that the policy could be a foundation for the further and fast growth in the year 2017.
In the year 2016, the growth rate in the Indian Aviation sector was highest in the world as it grew by more than 23 per cent in terms of passengers.
Based on the preparations and activities in the year 2016, it is said that 2017 will also be an action-packed for domestic flyers right from the start.
The Government’s scheme for the domestic sector UDAN (Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik ) has started showing its result as flights are going to start from smaller towns. It is believed that Government will help to make more than 100 airports operational which are not in operation as on date inspite of having airstrips and most of the facilities.
Under the ambitious UDAN scheme, Government has announced to provide all the support and facilities to the state governments and Airlines willing to start operation from under served airports to served airports if the concerned state and Airlines want to start flights from the said airport of the state with some conditions.
Government too announced financial supports in various terms to help those airports and airlines aiming to enhance regional air connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development.
The Centre and States have come forward to provide subsidies to those operators who are willing to offer an one-hour flight between Tier II and Tier III cities at Rs 2,500. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttrakhand are among the 11 States and Union Territories that have signed up for UDAN.
The NCAP envisages a roadmap to support 300 million air travellers in five years and steps to make flying affordable and convenient. The policy dwells on upgrade of airports, regional connectivity, easing of norms for flying abroad, liberalisation of the open skies regime, development of cargo hubs, chopper services, attracting investments in maintenance and ground-handling and security. Matt Irwin Womens Jersey