Thursday, 25 May 2017

Civil Aviation Ministry Seeks Flexibility in RCS to Promote Intra- Regional Air Connectivity

  While  addressing the media at a  press conference in the capital today, the Minister for Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju announced that his Ministry would soon be launching the second round of bidding under RCS-UDAN.  The Minister informed that Airline Operators have shown keen interest  in undertaking operations under the scheme and on the basis of the experience of the first round of bidding his Ministry wanted to make the process more simpler and attractive.  He also informed that a stakeholders consultation meeting is being organized on 7th June, 2017,  to discuss the proposed amendments and key aspects of the scheme for the second round of bidding.  Following this, the stakeholders will be expected to submit their inputs and observations by 9th June, 2017.
            The Secretary for Civil Aviation, Shri R.N. Choubey highlighted the six aspects of the scheme for which suggestions have been invited from stakeholders.
            Under Aspect No.1  proposes to consider   routes between two airports which are neither under-served nor un-served.  This is being proposed to further encourage intra-regional connectivity.
            Aspect No.2 deals with whether fixed wing aircrafts should be allowed to operate below 150 km for specific areas/regions.    
            Under Aspect No.3, the exclusivity clause is sought to be made more flexible depending upon operators and certain rules.
            Under Aspect No.4, the Ministry has sought suggestions  with regard to minimum number of RCS seats.   Also whether the minimum number and maximum number of RCS seats could be stretched over a period of a week instead of a particular flight.  Opinion have also been sought whether  seasonal flights should be permitted under RCS.
            Aspect No.5 asks stakeholders to see  whether non-RCS routes should be included as part of the network proposal.
            Aspect No.6 seeks suggestions from stakeholders to incentivized helicopter operations under RCS.


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