Friday, October 21, 2016

Centre proposes relaxed rules for plane leasing firms

A day ahead of its introduction Centre has turned “optimistically cautious” about its regional connectivity scheme, which aims to activate torpid airports and make flying a cheaper option, Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey said here.

“This particular area of business is happening for the first time on a large scale so it is not something which is easily understood (by entrepreneurs),” Mr. Choubey said at the sidelines of an event here. “Therefore, I can say that we are cautiously optimistic.”

“I am not anticipating a flood of entrepreneurs who will queue up immediately after the scheme is launched but we will provide full support to airlines which wish to be a part of it,” he said.

The civil aviation secretary’s comments comes a day ahead of the regional connectivity scheme that will offer passengers air fares for Rs.2,500 for an hour’s journey to an unconnected airport. Centre plans to revive dormant airports and attract regional airlines under the scheme.

To help airlines offer cheaper airfares on such flights, the Centre will provide subsidies to them by creating a regional connectivity fund. The fund will be financed by a levy on domestic flights on major routes. However, most domestic airlines have termed the move illegal and are likely to challenge it in courts.
20/10/16 The Hindu