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Regional connectivity plan to promote affordable flying: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

RCS is expected to be in place from the second quarter of the current financial year and the Civil Aviation Ministry would be announcing the nitty-gritty tomorrow.

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Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016, 10.43 PM IST|Original: Jun 30, 2016, 10.39 PM IST
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RCS is expected to be in place from the second quarter of the current financial year and the Civil Aviation Ministry would be announcing the nitty-gritty tomorrow.
RCS is expected to be in place from the second quarter of the current financial year and the Civil Aviation Ministry would be announcing the nitty-gritty tomorrow.
NEW DELHI: The regional connectivity scheme to bolster air connectivity will promote "affordable flying", Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said today as the government prepares to unveil the fine print of the plan tomorrow.

Under the scheme, which is part of the ambitious civil aviation policy announced on June 15, the government has decided to cap airfares at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights that connects an unserved airport.

RCS is expected to be in place from the second quarter of the current financial year and the Civil Aviation Ministry would be announcing the nitty-gritty tomorrow.

"Regional connectivity is the corner stone of our civil aviation policy. It shall promote affordable flying and balanced regional growth," Raju said in a tweet.

In another tweet, the Minister said important announcements about the scheme would be made tomorrow.

As per the policy, un-served and under-served airports would be revived to boost regional connectivity. Other measures include extending concessions, giving viability gap funding for operators as well as providing cost-effective security solutions by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and state governments.

Meanwhile, Raju today held a meeting with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and discussed civil aviation-related issues.

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