Civil Aviation Sector – CA Policy 2016, UDAN, Open Skies, etc.

DGCA to ease norms for smaller aircraft

  1. News: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is expected to come out with less rigorous rules and compliance standards for smaller aircraft
  2. Separate rules for 80-seater and 19-seater aircraft, with rules for the latter not as rigorous as the former
  3. Existing regulations might be stringent for players willing to operate smaller aircraft
  4. Importance: Small aircraft important to the ambitious Regional Connectivity Scheme that proposes to cap airfares and to connect under-served regions
  5. Small aircraft are expected to be critical to the next phase of Indian aviation’s growth story, that will come from India’s tier-II and III cities
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