However the policy initiative is not new.
The government had formulated flexible use of air space policy in 2014. The policy allowed for civilian flights through military airspace
on certain conditions. For instance a flight route would be available for airlines
only during certain hours of the day or there were restrictions on the height for civilian aircraft passing through military airspace.
"But the policy was not really implemented. Now we hope that with the push from PMO
we will be able to have better co-ordination with the Air Force and develop many routes bringing cost and time benefits to Indian and foreign airlines," an official said.
For instance flights on Nagpur - Pune or Mumbai - Srinagar routes have to take a detour to avoid military airspace. This adds to 16 minutes of extra flying time and additional cost of Rs 70,000-75,000 per trip, he added.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting to make civil aviation sector more efficient. It was decided that the Indian air space should be effectively used in such a manner that the flying time is reduced benefitting the traveling public and also helping the airlines in saving costs, a government release had said.
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