New Civil Aviation Policy Cleared by Cabinet

The Union Cabinet today cleared the abundantly awaited Civil Aviation Policy, which divulges a huge number of traveler agreeable measures including topping of airfares at Rs 2,500 for 60 minutes in length flight, and permitting operators to fly abroad.

Taking serious note of the aimless approaches of some domestic aircrafts on flight cancelations and discounts, the Civil Aviation Ministry had proposed various strides to rein them in and said such charges won’t be permitted to exceed the base toll.

A cap of Rs 1200 has been decided for all flights of less than 30-minute duration, sources said.

The government has relaxed the rule according to which only those airlines which have al least 20 aeroplanes and are in operation for minimum five years can fly abroad.

Airlines will ensure that refunds on cancelled tickets are made within 15 days, even if the bookings were made through agents or portals.

In case of flight cancellations announced within 24 hours of departure, the compensation amount has been enhanced to up to Rs 10,000.