AERA exempts RCS flights from landing and parking charges
Tariff regulator AERA has ordered all major airport operators, including those run under the defence ministry, to exempt flights operated under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) from landing and parking charges. Airfares for all passenger seats operated on flights under the regional connectivity scheme, will also not be subjected to any levy or charge imposed by the airport operators, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) said in its latest order.
Under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN, kickstarted last week, fares have been capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights.
The scheme also provides for various benefits including no airport charges and three-year exclusivity on the routes. After the first round of bidding for the RCS routes, five airlines including Air India's regional arm Alliance Air, Deccan Aviation, SpiceJet and Air Odisha have been awarded 128 routes connecting over 30 unserved airports.
It also said that airfares for all passenger seats on RCS flights will not be subject to any charges such as passengers service fee, development fee as well as user development fee.