On Thursday, Jyotiraditya Scindia Minister of Civil Aviation declared a 100-day plan for India’s civil aviation infrastructure to get improve including policy measures and the development of airports as well as heliports.
Today, the Minister at a press conference Aviation ministry said, 100-day (till November 30, 2021) plan includes; the start of construction at 4 airports – Kushinagar, second terminal building at Dehradun, Agartala airport, and Jewar in Greater Noida, in the next 100 days.
The infrastructure and policy target has been set which will get implemented by November 30, As part of the targets set for the Minister of Civil Aviation, Scindia announced that 50 new routes will be launched under the centre’s regional connectivity scheme Udan. By October out of 50 new routes, 30 new routes will be launched, Alliance Air will launch 6 new routes, IndiGo and SpiceJet will launch 4 new routes each. In addition, 4 Big Charter and Star Air will launch 8 new routes each, said the Minister.
“Have set eights targets under the policy, include Drone policy, UDAN airports, leasing capacity in India, discussion with states (VAT on ATF), IGRUA expansion, stabilized industry post-COVID to be implemented in the next 100 days,” he said.
A new policy for Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) activities has also been publicized. By November 30 the Ministry of Civil Aviation will begin operationalization of airports in Keshod in Gujarat, Deoghar in Jharkhand, Gondia in Maharashtra, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Scindia said that a new airport in Kushinagar will be ready for inauguration by the end of November. The construction of new terminal buildings at Dehradun, Agartala will also be completed in the next 100 days.
VAT on ATF has been asked to be rationalized within the range of 1 percent to 4 percent by the Minister. The price of ATF on of the important component of the operating cost of airlines with that the tax on ATF. The price of ATF is a major component of the operating cost of airlines with that, the tax on ATF provides notably to the ATF price. Addressing this issue would enable a force multiplier effect with a look at air connectivity in states.
Speaking on India’s new policy for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for aircrafts Scindia said, “The aviation ministry is trying to attract private investment for MRO at 8 airports.”