New Civil avi­a­tion pol­icy may ad­dress ‘cargo needs’

With the new gov­ern­ment in­tend­ing to give the much de­sired at­ten­tion to the civil avi­a­tion sec­tor, the draft of the pol­icy re­leased en­lists the in­ten­tions and plans of the gov­ern­ment in an at­tempt to ex­pe­dite the progress of this sec­tor.

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The Draft Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy re­leased by the Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter, Pusap­ati Ashok Ga­jap­ati Raju fo­cuses on the up­lift­ment of the much ig­nored cargo sec­tor and the nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tions for the same.

“It is a step to­wards mak­ing civil avi­a­tion, a vi­brant sec­tor in our coun­try, to rise to its full po­ten­tial,” said the min­is­ter while re­leas­ing the draft of the Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy. “The new Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy is ex­pected to be in place by Jan­uary 2015,” he added.

The draft talks about air­ports to be de­signed as in­te­grated mul­ti­modal hubs, so that they pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ser­vice lev­els as well as po­ten­tial for growth and the six met­ro­pol­i­tan air­ports to be de­vel­oped as ma­jor in­ter­na­tional hubs to en­able in­ter­na­tional travel to and from In­dia.Fo­cus­ing on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tiv­ity in fu­ture a ‘hub-and-spoke’ model would be fol­lowed, which would also fa­cil­i­tate the de­vel­op­ment of the same as a whole.

The draft puts em­pha­sis on ra­tio­nal­is­ing the cost of Avi­a­tion Tur­bine Fuel which is 40 to 45 per cent higher than the in­ter­na­tional costs to ra­tio­nalise the rate of taxes so that our costs are com­pet­i­tive.

The Gov­ern­ment pro­poses to sub­stan­tially de­velop the trans­port of cargo by air by de­vel­op­ing the six metro air­ports as re­gional cargo hubs, in­te­grat­ing mul­ti­modal trans­port fa­cil­i­ties, cold chains and other com­mod­ity spe­cific re­quire­ments and turn­around time for cargo to be up­graded to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Air Freight Sta­tions will be de­vel­oped in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try to stream­line Cus­toms clear­ance and to re­duce con­ges­tion in the air­ports.

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