Kerala to join regional air connectivity scheme soon

Ashwini Phadnis New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018

The government’s regional air connectivity scheme (RCS) is set to take wings in Kerala with the State government showing interest in signing an agreement with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to provide concessions required for the scheme to be implemented there.

“Officials from Kerala were here. (They said that) a decision has been taken and formal signing will take place any day,” a senior government official told BusinessLine.

The scheme stipulates that the States have to lower the value added tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to 1 per cent or less, besides providing security and fire services free of cost and electricity, water and other utilities at substantially concessional rates.


Meanwhile, the second round of bidding for RCS routes saw 17 applicants intersted in operating services to 126 airports and helipads in the country.

This includes several air strips from Ziro to Dibrugarh and Guwahati, Passighat to Jorhat and Tuting and Walong to Dibrugrah in Arunachal Pradesh.

Published on November 17, 2017

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