Friday, July 28, 2017

Government to offer only 20 airports in second round of RCS bidding

New Delhi: The government is likely to offer only 20 airports in the second round of the bidding for flights under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS), Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said today.

In the first round, in which five air operators including government-run Air India and budget carrier SpiceJetBSE 0.70 % got permission to fly on 128 routes, there were 33 airports in the bid offer.

The second round of bidding for RCS routes is expected to take place by August end.

Taking both rounds together, the present government has put into public use 53 airports in the last three years, whereas only 76 airports could be added in 70 years, Choubey said at a conference organised by airlines passengers body, Air Passengers Association of India (APAI).
According to an APAI release, the secretary said that there will be two major changes applicable in the case of North Eastern region and island states, such as Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, among others in the next round of bidding.
27/07/17 PTI/Economic Times