Lok Sabha proceeds Airports Economic Regulatory Authority bill

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A bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on the last day that looks to inspire the smaller airports in the country to enhance air connectivity to far-flung and relatively remote regions. 

As per the report by the Press Trust of India (PTI), without an argument, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was preceded by the uproar by opposition members over the Pegasus spying row in addition to the issues of farmers. The Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia pointed out that the Modi government is performing to provide aviation services to all the people in India. Under the Modi government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme- Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN), air services have been commenced from some smaller cities in the country like Darbhanga, Belgaum, Jharsuguda, Jagdalpur, and Hubli.

According to the bill, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008 allows for an AREA’s institution to control the tariff along with other Imposes for the aeronautical services delivered at the airports as well as to supervise the performance standards of the airports’. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India, existing as an independent regulator for the preservation or security of the interests of airlines, airports, and flyers, has been deciding the tariffs of aeronautical charges at major airports since its foundation. The AERA, still, does not give for the decision of tariffs for a group of airports.

In the airports where existing, the possibility for traffic is low and loss creating are unlikely to enchant the reasonable competitive bids. Constructing additional airports through PPP (public-private partnership) model would enlarge the air connectivity to far-flung and remote areas. As per the bill, this attitude would expand the high traffic volume profitable airports and as well to low the traffic volume airports that are non-profitable. Therefore, the Modi government has determined the way to pair the airports having profitable and nonprofitable airports which could be provided as a package to the projected bidders in PPP mode, according to the bill.

By the Modi government’s Regional Connectivity Scheme- UDAN, air services have been initiated from several smaller cities in the country being Darbhanga, Belgaum, Jharsuguda, Jagdalpur, and Hubli. And the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia Supposed that the Modi government is engaged to provide aviation services to all the people in India.

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