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Post expansion, Raigarh airport will be able host larger planes

RAIPUR: Raigarh Airport in Chhattisgarh will facilitate operation of AB-320 type of aircraft in second phase of its expansion, officials informed.

The development of Raigarh Airport will be done for operation of 3C Category i.e ATR-72/Q-400 type of aircraft in Phase-I and subsequently for AB-320 type of aircraft operation in Phase-II, reports The Pioneer.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed an MoU with the State Government of Chhattisgarh to develop the Airport, they informed.

Chhattisgarh is aggressively focussing on development of three regional airports mainly Jagdalpur, Ambikapur and Raigarh under the Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, officials informed.

Notably, the AAI has commenced the process for developing small airports in Chhattisgarh under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation had earlier released the draft Regional Air Connectivity Scheme for stakeholder consultation, with the twin objectives of promoting balanced regional growth and making flying affordable for masses.

The RCS is the key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy which was released by the Ministry on June 15, 2016. The scheme, which would be in operation for a period of 10 years, envisages providing connectivity to un-served and under-served airports of the country through revival of existing air-strips and airports.

This would be achieved through a financial stimulus in the form of Central and State government concessions, as well as Viability Gap Funding to the interested airlines to kick-off operations from such airports, so that the passenger fares are kept affordable.

The fare for a one hour journey of appx. 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30 minute journey on a helicopter would now be capped at Rs 2,500, with proportionate pricing for routes of different lengths / duration.

A Regional Connectivity Fund would be created to fund the VGF requirements under the scheme. The same would be funded through a levy on certain domestic flights.

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