India's cabinet on Wednesday cleared a new civil aviation policy with some changes in the rules that allow carriers to fly abroad, besides measures to promote regional connectivity and boost cargo operations, sources said.
"The cabinet has cleared it. Yes, some changes have been made (in the draft policy circulated for opinion from stakeholders). The minister will brief you later today," a senior aviation ministry official said, declining further comment.
The policy seeks to create an eco-system to handle 300 million domestic passengers by 2022 and 500 million by 2027, and 200 million international travellers by 2027. India had seen 139.32 million domestic and over 50 million international air travellers in 2014-15.