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Now, pay just Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights

New Delhi: Airlines will soon charge only Rs 2,500 for one hour flights and will get tax incentives for operating on unserved routes even as fliers will have to pay additional levy towards regional connectivity fund under the civil aviation policy unveiled yesterday.

The government has scrapped the controversial 5/20 norm and now any domestic airline can fly overseas provided they deploy 20 planes or 20 per cent of their total capacity for domestic operations.

Amid concerns over an earlier proposal to auction additional bilateral rights, the government has now decided that a final call on additional rights would be taken by a committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary.

Besides, the Civil Aviation Ministry will come out with initiatives to develop new airports, separate regulations for helicopters and measures to boost skill development in the aviation sector. Airlines will also get tax incentives for operating on unserved routes.

Also, the much talked out regional air connectivity scheme is expected to be operational in the current quarter ending September.

"The aim is to ensure affordable, convenient and cheap flying for the people," Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said. 

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