Government puts regional air connectivity policy on hold


The civil aviation ministry has put on hold a plan requiring domestic airlines to operate more flights to small, remote cities, providing relief to both start-ups and existing carriers that had been worried about running up losses on such typically unprofitable routes.

Civil aviation secretary V. Somasundaram has approved the deferment of the policy on “regional and remote area air connectivity” until further orders, a person with knowledge of the development said on condition of anonymity.

The ministry communicated its decision to state-run Air India Ltd, Jet Airways (India) Ltd, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd’s IndiGo, SpiceJet Ltd, AirAsia India Pvt. Ltd, Air Costa Aviation Pvt. Ltd’s Air Costa and Go Airlines (India) Pvt. Ltd’s GoAir on 6 October, the person said.

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