Friday, November 25, 2016

Revival And Development of Small Airports

National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) provides for promoting regional connectivity by way of revival of un-served and under-served airports/airstrips of state governments and Airports Authority of India (AAI). However, selection of cities under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) is to be 'demand driven', depending on firm demand from the airline operators and where the State Government agrees to provide various concessions envisaged in the Policy. There are approximately 16 under served and 394 unserved airports/airstrips in the country.

The NCAP envisages the Government to facilitate the development of at least four heli-hubs initially, across the country to promote regional connectivity. Ministry of Civil Aviation is to coordinate with MoF, MHA, NHAI, Indian Railways, insurance companies, hospitals, Pawan Hans Limited and other helicopter operators to facilitate Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). Airport charges for helicopter operations are to be suitably rationalized. Further under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), operations through helicopters would be permitted among the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand, North Eastern Region of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep islands.
24/11/16 Business Standard

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