Highlights of new civil aviation policy

India Aviation An Indigo aircraft flies above shanties adjacent to the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport as it prepares to land in Mumbai | AP

Highlights and vision of India's first integrated civil aviation policy that was approved at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

♦ Make India 3rd largest civil aviation market by 2022 from 9th

♦ Push domestic travel to 300 million passengers by 2022 from 80 million now

♦ Scheduled operations to expand from 77 airports now to 127 by 2019

♦ Cargo volumes to increase 4 times to 10 million tonnes by 2027

♦ Cap of Rs 2,500 per ticket on regional routes

♦ Sticky 5/20 rule for airlines to fly overseas replaced with new norms: 20 aircraft or 20 per cent deployment on domestic routes

♦ Flexible, liberalized open skies and code share agreement

♦ Incentives for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul to make India a hub in South Asia

♦ Skilling of 3.3 lakh personnel by 2025 with certification

♦ Focus also on development of green-field airports and heliports

♦ Focus on ease of doing business through deregulation, procedures and e-governance

♦ Promoting "Make In India" in civil aviation sector

♦ Detained scheme soon to fund operators in regional routes

♦ Bilateral rights and code share agreements to be liberalised

♦ Open skies policy with countries in South Asia on reciprocal basis

♦ Encouragement to states to develop airports

♦ Compensation to Airports Authority for airports within 150 km of existing ones

♦ Promotion of chopper usage with separate regulations soon

♦ Promotion of four heli-hubs initially

♦ Facilitation of helicopter emergency medical services

♦ Customs duty on parts for maintenance units rationalised

♦ Ground handling policy to be replaced with new framework to ensure fair competition

♦ Three ground handling agencies including Air India arms at all major airports

♦ At non-major airports, operator to decide number of ground handling agencies

♦ Domestic scheduled airline, chopper services allowed self-handling at airports

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