MAJOR INITIATIVES AS MINISTER FOR CIVIL AVIATION
Successfully implemented a first-of-its-kind regional air connectivity scheme UDAN with the vision of making flying affordable and accessible for the common Indian citizen across the country. UDAN Phase I & II focussed on making regional air travel affordable and on the revival of several brownfield airports and air routes in partnership with respective State Governments and airlines. Passenger fares for 50% of the UDAN seats are capped at Rs. 2,500 for an hour-long flight to enhance affordability and connectivity.
UDAN Phase III launched to provide further boost to tourism and connectivity in popular tourist and religious destinations. UDAN Phase IV being implemented with the focus on helipad development and expanding helicopter services to hinterlands.
Leading a comprehensive aviation capacity expansion program, NABH NIRMAN envisaged to cater to one billion air passengers over the next decade. In-principle approval has been accorded for construction of 19 green-field airports – Pune, Mopa Goa, Jewar, etc. Over Rs. 1 lakh crore of capex already in-placeover the next 5 years.
Introduced a new transaction structure for future greenfield airports based on ‘Maximum Blended Aeronautical Yield’ (MBAY) model which will help boost investment, improve the quality of services at airports and unlock the huge potential in the Indian aviation sector.
Introduced the first ever Passenger Charter conceptualized in Indian Aviation history which lays down the rights and responsibilities of air passengers and standards for service delivery by aviation stakeholders.
Launched DigiYata aimed at developing a digital eco-system that will deliver Indian customers a pioneering ‘digitally unified flying experience’ at every touch point of their journey.
Launched AirSewa, an integrated portal focussed on qualitative customer grievance redressal, disseminating real time data, integrated back-office operations, better airport facilities and superior digital travel experience.
Launched the Drone Regulations in India to enable the safe, commercial usage of drones starting December 1, 2018.
Formulated an all-digital process for registering and operating of drones. The Digital Sky Platform is the first-of-its-kind national unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform that implements “no permission, no takeoff” (NPNT). Users will be required to do a one-time registration of their drones, pilots and owners.
Civil Aviation “Vision Document”
Preparing a holistic vision document for Civil Aviation to meet the growing needs of India aviation sector which is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. Various issues to be addressed include congestion at airports, runways and airspace; development of unserved and under-served airports; ways and means to boost the air connectivity to small cities and towns.