The second phase terminal expansion of the GMR Group-operated Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamsabad awaits approval from Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA). The terminal has already surpassed its targeted capacity of 12 million passengers in the last year. The phase-II will be divided into two phases and is targeting 20 million passenger handling capacity by FY2019. The Phase-III will have a passenger handling capacity of 40 million per annum.
CALICUT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT
Numbers of organisations in the state of Kerala have urged the Kerala Government to expedite the development works in North Kerala including the acquisition of 248.3 acre of land for the infrastructure development of Calicut International Airport and resume the services of the wide-bodied aircraft. The land is required for the expansion of the runway.
Tezu Airport is located at Tezu in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The development of the airport, at a cost of Rs. 79 crore was approved during 2009-10. The new runway, terminal building and air traffic control tower were completed by 2014 after which the airport can handle ATR 72 type of aircraft. The airport would be operational soon.
MAHARASHTRA GOVT KEEN ON KOLHAPUR AIRPORT
The Government of Maharashtra has submitted a proposal to the AAI and is keen to spend Rs 3.5 crore for the commencement of Kolhapur airport. The airport is technically under the administration of AAI, but still the state government is ready to provide funds so that the airport facility can be started albeit with small capacity aircraft. The funds can be used for developing night landing facility, and some services at restroom among other purposes.
BHUNTAR AIRPORT EXPANSION
As per the study report submitted by IIT Roorkee, the runway of Kullu (Bhuntar) airport can be extended by 550m subject to diversion of river Beas and acquiring additional 1000m x 200m land in the river bed by the State Government. The existing airport is operational and suitable for operation of ATR type of aircraft with load restrictions in fair weather conditions.
JEWAR AIRPORT PROJECT
Ministry of Civil Aviation has received a proposal from Uttar Pradesh Government in April 2016 for grant of Site Clearance for proposed Noida International Airport near Jewar, Dist. Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh. As per the Greenfield Airport Policy 2008, the proposal has been sent to Airports Authority of India (AAI), Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Defence (MoD) for their comments/observations on the site identified for setting up of International Airport near Jewar, Uttar Pradesh. The proposals are being considered by Steering Committee.
KISHANGARH AIRPORT TO COMMENCE OPERATIONS SOON
The development of new airport at Kishangarh is progressing well. The airport would cater to the needs of the historical city of Ajmer. The airport building construction is likely to complete in December, 2016. The process of getting the DGCA approval for commissioning the airport will be taken up thereafter. The airport is likely to be operational by July, 2017. So far, the runway with a length of 2000 meter is completed around 85 per cent of the civil and electrical work of the terminal building is completed.
India is currently the 9th largest aviation market in the world. As the country gears up to set up 100 Smart Cities, the aviation sector holds tremendous potential. The foreign direct investment (FDI) in Air Transport (including air freight) was US$ 3.39 million during 2015-16 and US$ 612.53 million during April 2000 and December 2015. With flurry of activities initiated to develop metro and non-metro airports, introduction of low-cost carriers (LCCs), allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in domestic airlines, use of latest and modern information technology (IT) interventions and building a regional air transport network. India is expected to become the largest aviation market by 2030.
National Civil Aviation Policy 2016
On 15th June 2016, the Minister of Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju released the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 in New Delhi. The policy focuses on making regional air connectivity a reality and flying affordable and convenient for the masses. The policy aims to establish an integrated eco-system for the rapid development of the civil aviation sector which in turn could promote tourism and generate employment opportunities. The Government aims to enhance regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development. To attract more investment, the government is likely to ease doing business formalities through deregulation, simplified procedures and e-governance.
The policy is very comprehensive, covering 22 areas of the Civil Aviation sector. Its salient features are as follows :
Regional Connectivity Scheme
Route Dispersal Guidelines (RDG)
Bilateral Traffic Rights
GoI will enter into 'Open Sky' ASA on a reciprocal basis with SAARC countries and countries located beyond 5000 km from Delhi
For countries within 5000 km radius, where the Indian carriers have not utilised 80% of their capacity entitlements but foreign carriers /countries have utilised their bilateral rights, a method will be recommended by a Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary for the allotment of additional capacity entitlements
Whenever designated carriers of India have utilised 80% their capacity entitlements, the same will be renegotiated in the usual manner.
Ground Handling Policy
Aviation Security, Immigration and customs
Helicopters and Charters
Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
The MRO business of Indian carriers is around Rs 5000 crore, 90% of which is currently spent outside India. In the budget for 2016-17, customs duty has been rationalised and the procedure for clearance of goods simplified. Further incentives proposed in the policy to give a push to this sector:
Aviation Education and Skill Building
Estimated direct additional employment requirement of the Civil Aviation Sector by 2025 is about 3.3 lakh. All training in non licensed category will conform to National Skill Qualification Framework standards. MoCA will provide full support to the Aviation Sector Skill Council and other similar organisations/agencies for imparting skills for the growing aviation industry . There are nearly 8000 pilots holding CPL but who have not found any regular employment. MoCA will develop a scheme with budgetary support for Type- rating of Pilots. The detailed scheme will be worked out separately.
Source: Ministry of Civil Aviation