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ity gap fund­ing to make in­ter­na­tional routes cheaper and af­ford­able to all peo­ple. This will be a cost shared ven­ture be­tween state and the Cen­tral govern­ment like what we have adopted in the do­mes­tic sec­tor.”

“So far, we have started only with Guwahati be­cause the other states have not yet stated their in­ter­est to op­er­ate in­ter­na­tional air­lines un­der this scheme from their re­spec­tive states, but we are hope­ful that more and more states will come on board once this be­comes a suc­cess,” the se­nior Min­istry of­fi­cial added.

For the first time, for­eign air­lines have also been made a part of the bid­ding process un­der in­ter­na­tional RCS, where even for­eign air­line op­er­a­tors are al­lowed to bid for op­er­at­ing in these above men­tioned routes, sources in the Min­istry said.

Air­lines in­ter­ested in op­er­at­ing in these routes have to fur­nish the de­tails of the air­craft, pas­sen­ger seat­ing ca­pac­ity, the num­ber of seats for which the air­lines wants fi­nan­cial sup­port (this should not ex­ceed more than 60% of the to­tal seat­ing ca­pac­ity), and the num­ber of flights the air­lines will op­er­ate in a week.

The fi­nan­cial sup­port that the Min­istry would ex­tend to the air­lines that would op­er­ate on these routes would range be­tween Rs 2,370 to Rs 7,880 de­pend­ing on the dis­tance, the fly­ing time and op­er­a­tional costs of the air­lines.

The Min­istry has also an­nounced that by the end of Novem­ber, e-pro­pos­als and tech­ni­cal bid­ding round would be over and that the Min­istry is will­ing to start op­er­a­tions by air­lines in these routes at the ear­li­est.

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