Post the successful commencement of flight operations from the Kalaburagi airport in Karnataka, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) recently flagged off the first direct flight from Bidar airport to Bengaluru in Karnataka
As reported, under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme introduced by the government with the aim of creating better means of regional air connectivity, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has invited bids for six underserved and 24 unserved airports or airstrips in the North East region of India.
The newly approved National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016, has a provision for promotion of regional connectivity by way of revival of un-served and under-served airports and airstrips. Revival of such airports is ‘demand-driven’, depending on firm demand from the airline operators and where the state government agrees to provide various concessions envisaged in the Policy.
To start its much awaited low-cost carrier in India, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has given its no objection certificate to AirAsia India. The company is yet to take an Air Operating Permit before kick-starting its operations in India.
Nowadays, Indian domestic aviation industry is seeing increased interest from private entities. The aviation industry is abuzz with the entry of Tata-SIA and AirAsia into the Indian aviation market. Now, Air One has sought licence from the Ministry of Civil Aviation to start a scheduled airline.
In Kerala, the private sector KGS Aranmula International Airport has received the crucial ‘in-principle approval’ of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. The approval is effective from September 4, 2012. PT Nandakumar, Executive Director of the airport company, said that this is the final clearance granted by the steering committee of the Ministry chaired by Secretary, Civil Aviation.