New Delhi: 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