Highlights of new civil aviation policy

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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