The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has announced that beginning on August 31, domestic airline ticket price limitations would no longer apply.
According to the notification
“it has been decided to remove the fare bands notified from time to time regarding airfares with effect from 31.08.2022 after review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in the initial Order No. 02/2020 dated 21.05.2020.”
Fare caps introduced in pandemic removed by aviation ministry
The decision was made after the government began talking with various airlines about getting rid of the price ranges for passenger fares in June. This was done in response to requests from some airlines, who claimed that the Covid-19 pandemic was making it difficult for the aviation industry to properly recover.
In the upcoming years, Indian airports are projected to see a major increase in the number of air travellers. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) estimates that by the year 2032–2033, there would be approximately 827 million passengers travelling by aviation throughout all of India, up from 341 million in 2019–2020.
The government has been making several efforts to increase the country’s airport infrastructure in line with the surge in air travellers.
Building infrastructure to face rise in travell demand
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has given “in-principle” approval for the construction of 21 Greenfield Airports across the nation, including Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Shirdi, and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Hassan, and Shivamogga in Karnataka, Dabra (Gwalior) in Madhya Pradesh, Kushinagar, and Noida (Jewar) in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the ministry, a number of circumstances, including site acquisition, required clearances, the removal of barriers, financial closure, etc., by the separate airport developers, affect how quickly airports will be built. The concerned airport developer and the relevant state government are responsible for carrying out airport projects, including funding the projects (in case the state government is the project proponent).
However, the government routinely reviews the Greenfield Airport Projects to address any problems preventing their completion. Eight Greenfield airports, including Durgapur, Shirdi, Sindhudurg, Pakyong, Kannur, Kalaburagi, Orvakal, and Kushinagar, have been operationalized so far out of a total of 21 Greenfield airports where ‘in-principle’ has been granted.
Government UDAN Scheme
Jyotiraditya Scindia, India’s minister of civil aviation, claimed on Sunday that the country’s civil aviation sector has seen a full transformation in the past eight years. We have 425 routes that are seeking to reach 1000 routes under the UDAN system, and 68 new airports that are aiming to reach 100 airports.
We anticipate 40 crore travellers using India’s civil aviation during the next four years. Civil aviation will soon overtake road and rail transit in India as the country’s main modes of transportation, he claimed.
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