Get set to fly at subsidised air fares to small cities soon

Airports in smaller cities are likely to run operational soon as government has received 45 proposals from 11 bidders to initiate aviation services from around 190 airports on the regional route map.

Airports in cities like Jaisalmer, Ratnagiri, Dehradun, Shimla and Tirupati, so far not covered by airlines. are expected to start soon.

Fares on these routes will be capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights. The government will subsidise passenger fares on these routes through viability gap funding (VGF) to airlines along with a host of tax benefits and waiver of airport charges.

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