Indian gov’t unveils draft civil aviation policy

In early November, India’s new government unveiled a draft civil aviation policy recommending listing of state run Airports Authority of India (AAI) and chopper firm Pawan Hans on stock exchanges and steps to beef up Air India operations, hinting at the possible selling off of its stake.


Indian gov’t unveils draft civil aviation policy


In early November, India’s new government unveiled a draft civil aviation policy recommending listing of state run Airports Authority of India (AAI) and chopper firm Pawan Hans on stock exchanges and steps to beef up Air India operations, hinting at the possible selling off of its stake.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju unveiled the draft policy which also proposes to enhance regional air connectivity, develop six major metro airports as international hubs, create more airports through private, public partnership (PPP) mode, rationalise jet fuel cost, promote air cargo, MRO and helicopter operations and improve passenger facilitation. The rule, which allows an Indian airline to fly abroad only after they have flown domestic for five years and have a 20-aircraft fleet, would also be reviewed, he said.

The draft would now be open for wider consultation with all stakeholders, with the Minister saying he hoped to finalise and implement it by January next year.