New Delhi, June 15: With the Union Cabinet clearing the Civil Aviation Policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that it will transform the aviation section as well as greatly benefit passengers. “The #CivilAviationPolicy approved today by the Cabinet will transform the sector & greatly benefit passengers. #CivilAviationPolicy gives an impetus to affordability, regional connectivity, safety, infrastructure, which is vital for #TransformingIndia,” the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country
The Civil Aviation Policy is set to open door to a number of passenger-friendly measures including capping of airfares at Rs. 2,500 for an hour-long flight. This is the first time since Independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has been brought out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The policy aims at making India the third largest civil aviation market by 2022 from ninth position. (ALSO READ: Narendra Modi calls New Civil Aviation Policy pro-people & passenger friendly) Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally
The policy is set to introduce a slew of changes, including the auctioning of unilateral traffic rights, tax incentives for airlines, maintenance and repair works of aircraft besides mooting two percent levy on all air tickets to fund regional connectivity scheme and providing viability gap funding for airlines to encourage operation on regional routes. It also lays focus on regional connectivity with an aim of providing affordable aviation services in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. Also Read - Don't Forget Masks, Do Gaj Ki Doori: PM Modi Urges Bihar Voters to Ensure Safety
Civil Aviation Ministry is planning to bring down the prices of air tickets by giving exemptions including service tax, customs duty, landing and parking fee and VAT. The NDA Government had for the first time unveiled the policy draft in November 2014, subsequently replacing it with another in October 2015. The policy was expected to be finalised in the last financial year as certain proposals were to be implemented from April 1, 2016.