Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set a target of building 50 low-cost airports In a move towards expanding regional air connectivity,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set a target of building 50 low-cost airports across eleven states.
Fifty new low cost small airports will be taken up by the Airports Authority of India (AAI),said a government release.
Currently,the existing small airports in these cities are being managed by AAI. They would be upgraded to regular airports that cater to regional airlines operating small aircraft.
The government,is also working on a regional air connectivity policy,which aims at improving regional connectivity by mandating large airlines to connect smaller cities.
The policy has not found favour from airlines,who will have to maintain an additional fleet of small aircraft.
The civil aviation ministry is also deliberating a proposal to allow airlines to buy seat credit from regional carriers with non-scheduled operators permit to honour their regional connectivity commitments.