Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Draft Civil Aviation Policy may bring back life to India's ghost airports

New Delhi: India's ghost airports may soon get a new lease of life. The country has about 400 airports/airstrips but only close to 100 are being used for commercial purposes as of now. This is set to change, as the Draft Civil Aviation Policy will propose a raft of incentives for airlines to mount flights to remote and regional areas of the country so that the ghost airports can be revived.
Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey told CNBC-TV18 that the Centre, state governments and airport operators will all pitch in with aid to incentivise airlines to fly to smaller and remote airports.
"Airport operators, Central and state governments will all take some hit. And if cost of flying to these remote locations still remains high, we will look at further subsidy. I cannot discuss at this stage how this subsidy will be given but airlines cannot sustain cost of flying from these areas unless some subsidy is given," Choubey said.
29/09/15 Sindhu Bhattacharya/First Post
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