The Narendra Modi-led BJP government is planning to reduce the cost of flights for the common man (aam aadmi) in India so as to make the dreams of flying a reality for everyone.
The new civil aviation policy would seek to ensure at least one flight per year for a middle-class family, Joint Secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry, G Asok Kumar said on Thursday.
However, Kumar did not elaborate on any ways in which the government was trying to make this possible.
“It is about doing the same as telecom policy did to telecom in India,” a person with knowledge of the matter said.
The civil aviation policy is currently being rewritten by the ministry under the new secretary RN Choubey, and it will be put to discussions by the end of this month.
“The government is looking at various ways to reduce cost of operations for the airline, including ways to order for aircraft in bulk for all Indian carriers together. We are thinking on these lines and a final decision will come after consultations,” Choubey said.
Another important matter was brought up by the secretary when he said the rule that mandates five years of domestic operations and fleet of 20 aircraft for airlines to fly international could be changed but route dispersal guidelines would stay despite requests of abolition for the same.
“I can assure you that something is being done to remove 5/20 and will be part of the aviation policy but RDG is going to stay,” Choubey added.
However, officials say the 5/20 rule may not be abolished completely since a lot of carriers are opposing its removal.