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August 2016

Aviation Update: June 2016

In order to create an ecosystem that can propel domestic & international ticketing, boost regional connectivity and simultaneously ensure safety, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has finally released the Civil Aviation Policy(“NCAP 2016”) . NCAP 2016 aims to provide an environment for the harmonised growth of various aviation sub-sectors, i.e. Airlines, Airports, Cargo, Maintenance Repairs and Overhaul services (MRO), General Aviation, Aerospace Manufacturing, Skill Development, etc. It also proposes to simplify and make systems and processes affecting this sector more transparent with greater use of technology without compromising on safety and security. The basic reason to push for aviation sector is its large multiplier effect in terms of investments, tourism and employment generation, especially for unskilled and semi-skilled worker. Crucially, NCAP 2016 has suggested several ways/incentives to improve regional connectivity, dispensed with the requirement of 5/20 for international operations, ensured sufficient measures for safety, ease of doing business (ease in customs, immigration & security), creating heli-hubs, cargo villages near airports, incentivising make in India and target skill development. NCAP 2016 also suggests to promote usage of seaplanes, aero-sport activities and allow the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). It also proposes to include “ground handling”, “catering” and “aircraft fuelling” under essential services. NCAP 2016 is a step forward to promote civil aviation towards creating an effective and efficient system, more simplified and made more transparent with greater use of technology without compromising on safety and security.

 

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