Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sops likely for airlines linking metros, small towns

Mumbai: The Ministry of Civil Aviation is planning to come out with a five-year incentive package for airline operators that link metros with regional centres, as part of its attempts to create a National Aviation Grid connecting smaller towns with big cities.
Delivering the keynote address at the Aviation Investors Summit here on Thursday, Mr Praful Patel, the Minister for Civil Aviation, said the incentives would be in the form of waiver of certain airport user charges, parking charges, route navigation charges and landing charges.
Admitting that the aviation sector faced infrastructure constraints, he, however, said even with the existing infrastructure, air connectivity could be improved.
"I am asking all the State Governments to identify airstrips that are not in use and develop them through public-private participation," he said.
29/04/06 Hindu Business Line