The development of India's regional aviation market is set to gain a fillip with New Delhi starting a study of the measures that will promote the sector's growth.
The civil aviation ministry has invited consultants to bid for the study, which it hopes to start around the end of the year and complete in the first quarter of 2013.
The consultant must look into the role of regional air connectivity in India, examine the factors that inhibit its growth and identify the towns where there is a market for the sector.
It must also study the development of regional aviation in other countries. Based on that study, it would then assess the adequacy of airport infrastructure in India, the type of aircraft that will be suitable for the country, and the regulatory changes and incentives that could promote regional aviation.
The creation of a regional air connectivity fund must be examined and the existing route dispersal guidelines have to be studied in order to ensure that they result in adequate connectivity to Tier II and Tier III cities.