Draft National Civil Aviation Policy to Boost Air Connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III Cities
Government of India has formulated a Draft National Civil Aviation Policy in order to promote regional connectivity across the country. The Policy encourages revival of unserved and under-served aerodromes and airstrips as no-frills airports to provide connectivity to the Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
The draft National Civil Aviation Policy provides for the revival of air strips, depending on demand, as No-Frills Airports mostly through Airports Authority of India (AAI). AAI has undertaken works at five locations, namely, Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka, Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh.
AAI has undertaken the development and modernization of airports at Bathinda, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Gondia, Jalgaon, Kadappa, Puducherry and Mysore. Out of these airports, scheduled operations have started at Kadappa, Puducherry and Mysore whereas flying training facilities are provided at Gondia airport which is under use for trainee pilots.
This information was given by Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
-Ministry of Civil Aviation, 02-December, 2015
Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Civil Aviation discusses Draft National Civil Aviation Policy
A meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Civil Aviation was held in New Delhi last evening under the Chairmanship of Civil Aviation Minister Shri P. Ashok Gajpathi Raju to discuss the Draft National Civil Aviation Policy, 2015. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (I/C) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma also attended the meeting.The Draft National Civil Aviation Policy, 2015 aims at providing a conducive environment and a level playing field to various aviation sub-sectors like Airlines, Airports, Cargo, Maintenance Repairs and Overhaul Services, General Aviation, Aerospace Manufacturing, and Skill Development. It also aims to bring air travel within reach of the common man by facilitating regional air connectivity at reasonable rates within the country. The draft policy was released by the Ministry on 30th October 2015, and stakeholders were given time till 30th of November, 2015 to give their feedback and suggestions.
A presentation bringing out the objectives and salient features of the draft policy was made before the members of the consultative committee. The committee lauded the draft policy for the thrust it lays on regional connectivity and on making air travel available for the common man in smaller cities at reasonable costs. The committee members also made suggestions for further streamlining the policy.
The Members of Lok Sabha who attended the meeting included Shri A.P. Jithender Reddy , Shri Chandrakant Raghunath Patil , Shri E. Ahamed , Shri Jitendra Chaudhury, Shri S. Rajendran , Shri Thupstan Chhewang and Shri Vinayak Bhaurao Raut . The Rajya Sabha Members who attended the meeting included Shri Praful Patel, Shri Vijay Jawaharlal Darda and Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad.
-Ministry of Civil Aviation, 01-December, 2015