Air taxis might get fixed flights to small towns


In an attempt to incentivise airline operators so that they fly to cities and towns with poor or no air connectivity, the government is planning to permit non-scheduled operators (NSOPs) to publish their schedules and operate regular flights, provided they operate within the 87 identified small cities and towns. They have been allowed to operate to any one metro city but they cannot have a base or hub there.

Under the current policy, NSOPs can fly to various destinations in the country but cannot publish a schedule.

The government has also decided to liberalise the policy for conversion of regional scheduled airlines, like Air Costa, to national scheduled airlines within a period of three years, provided they connect to regional and remote destinations.

Full report here Business Standard


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