SpiceJet to launch 20 new flights on domestic routes from next month; airline's fleet strength under RCS scheme jumps to 52
SpiceJet said it will also enhance its operations with additional frequencies on the Mumbai-Bagdogra and Mumbai-Chennai routes with the addition of a second and fifth flight, respectively.
Alliance Air to connect Ahmedabad with Hyderabad via Nashik from 1 February; 70-seater ATR-72 to operate on new route
The new service is part of the government's regional connectivity scheme Udan, under which the air fares are capped at Rs 2, 500 for an under one-hour flight, Alliance Air said.
The Pakyong Airport was inaugrated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 September. Modi had dedicated Sikkim's first airport to the nation.
Jet Airways had bagged four routes in the second round of bidding in January in Udan scheme, in which a total of 325 routes were awarded to various operators
Centre identifies 24 airports, helipads to enhance air connectivity in Kashmir and North East India under Phase-II of UDAN
Under Phase-II of RCS UDAN scheme, nine airports are going to be built in Arunachal Pradesh, five each in Assam and Manipur, two in Jammu and Kashmir, and, one each in Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim
SpiceJet said it is the only airline which hasn't sought subsidy or viability gap funding under this scheme.
The government is likely to complete in the next two weeks framing of the draft of revised rules for its scheme to promote low-cost air travel and put up for stakeholder consultations, as it prepares for the second round of bidding by airlines.
Under the Udan scheme, five airlines will operate on 128 routes connecting 70 airports. On each flight, 50 percent of the seats would have a cap of Rs 2,500 per seat/hour
UDAN launch: India's low-cost flying scheme to take off after Narendra Modi sets the wheel rolling on Thursday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the "UDAN" scheme which is aimed at boosting regional connectivity starting with low-cost flights on three routes Shimla-Delhi, Kadapa–Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sectors
The government should better wake up, lest airport capacity could become an unresolvable mess pretty soon if India's air traffic boom continues.
The Centre's regional connectivity scheme (RCS) moved closer to reality with the aviation ministry set to sign an agreement with Maharashtra government.
The revenue earned by Airports Authority of India (AAI) from the first flying training institute set up at Gondia was insufficient to meet the operation and maintenance cost of the airport
The suspension of operations of Air Pegasus is a cautionary tale, specially since the Centre has been emphasising enhanced regional connectivity through a draft scheme
According to Gajapathy Raju, airlines not mounting flights to many existing airports is the biggest reason for patchy air connectivity in India
The grouse of incumbents like Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir has been the dilution of the regressive 5/20 rule.
The government in the revised draft policy, unveiled on October 30, had proposed 2 percent levy on all airfares to mop up funds for its regional connectivity scheme
Presenting the Union Budget for 2016-17, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government is drawing up an action plan for revival of unserved and underserved airports.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told Lok Sabha in a written reply today that states have rejected the ministry's proposal for inclusion of jet fuel under 'Declared Goods' category.
Route Dispersal Guidelines mandates that certain specified capacity of each airline must be used to serve areas like the North East and J&K where air connectivity is poor.
Under the RCS scheme which has been proposed this time, the Centre has offered VGF indexed to ATF prices and inflation for first 10 years and states have to chip in with only 20 percent share of this VGF fund.