Friday, October 21, 2016

Centre turns cautious on regional connectivity scheme’s prospects

New Delhi: A day ahead of its introduction, the 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.

“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. The Centre plans to revive dormant airports and attract regional airlines under the scheme.
21/10/16 The Hindu