HISTORY: India adopts civil aviation policy
INDIA approved a civil aviation policy last Wednesday (15) aimed at making air travel affordable for millions.
The government said the long-awaited reforms will bring down airfares to `2,500 (£26) per hour of flying time on under-served regional routes.
Air travel in India is mostly confined to the urban third of the population. It is largely out of reach for millions of people.
“Today history has been made. India has never had any civil aviation policy,” Ravi Shankar Prasad, a cabinet minister, said.
The minister said the government would look to develop about 350 dilapidated or under-used airstrips across India, into “no frills airports”.
The government also amended the “5-20 rule” which had been criticised by the Indian aviation industry.
Under the new rule, Indian airlines must still have 20 planes be- fore they can fly inter- nationally but no longer need to have operated for five years, as was previously the case.