Vistara, AirAsia Can Soon Fly International as 5/20 Rule Gets Abolished


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Vistara and AirAsia will soon be able to fly international as the Union Cabinet has cleared the civil aviation policy.

“In the aviation policy, we had proposed that the government should charge Rs 8,000 per landing from airlines to fund the regional connectivity plan,” said a senior aviation ministry official, who did not want to be identified.

He added that the Cabinet has said that the policy should not give a number to the amount to be charged to airlines.”So, the cabinet has cleared the charge but asked the ministry to fix the charge ourselves,” said the official quoted above.

According to the new rule, the cabinet has approved replacing 5/20 international flying norms with just 20 aircraft.

The new rules will allow airlines with a 20 aircraft fleet rule or 20% of seat capacity, whichever is higher, to be maintained in the domestic sector.

The other key initiative of the aviation policy includes regional connectivity policy, that aims at providing connectivity to smaller cities at a fare of Rs 2,500 per hour.

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