‘In­dia can be 3rd largest avi­a­tion mar­ket’

Es­tab­lish­ment of no-frill air­ports, in­creas­ing cost of fuel, e-com­merce and skilled man­power are top is­sues which were dis­cussed at the ASSOCHAM’s sev­enth in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on In­dian Civil Avi­a­tion on ‘De­vel­op­ing Re­gional and Re­mote Con­nec­tiv­ity’ r

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The As­so­ci­ated Cham­bers of Com­merce & In­dus­try of In­dia (ASSOCHAM) had or­gan­ised a sev­enth in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on In­dian Civil Avi­a­tion on ‘De­vel­op­ing Re­gional and Re­mote Con­nec­tiv­ity’ re­cently in the cap­i­tal.

The event was in­au­grated by Anil Sri­vas­tava, Joint Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion.

“The gov­ern­ment is work­ing un­der the com­pre­hen­sive civil avi­a­tion pol­icy which in­cludes all as­pects from ground han­dling to main­te­nance fo­cus­ing on re­gional and re­mote area air con­nec­tiv­ity, said Sri­vas­tava adding, “Talks and dis­cus­sions are go­ing on with all the stake­hold­ers and soon an ef­fec­tive pol­icy will be in place.”

“Ex­pected in­vest­ment of US$12.1 bil­lion dur­ing 2012-17 in the avi­a­tion sec­tor will im­prove re­mote and re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity with in­dus­trial hubs through es­tab­lish­ment of no-frill air­ports, thereby trans­form­ing the na­tion’s struc­tural land­scape and sig­nif­i­cantly con­tribut­ing to­wards re­al­iz­ing the vi­sion of ‘Make in In­dia’, said DS Rawat, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, ASSOCHAM.

“In­dian Avi­a­tion is set for a quantum leap in the com­ing years and has the po­ten­tial to be­come the world’s third largest avi­a­tion mar­ket by 2020,” Rawat added.

The ses­sion fo­cussed on ‘Air Cargo sce­nario’ was chaired by SL Sharma, Pres­i­dent, Air Cargo Agents As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ACAAI), Pradeep Pan­icker, Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer AERO, DIAL, BK Mehro­tra, Gen­eral Man­ager (Cargo), Air­ports Au­thor­ity of In­dia (AAI), Kuku S Kumar, Di­rec­tor, IATA.

Mehro­tra talked about the chal­lenges faced by In­dian air cargo in­dus­try, agenda of new gov­ern­ment, ini­tia­tives by MoCA and plans to en­hance cargo ini­tia­tives by AAI. “Spe­cial em­pha­sis on en­hanc­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity within the re­gion and to the rest of the coun­try. Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship would be en­cour­aged to tap into pri­vate sec­tor re­sources and ex­per­tise and em­pha­sis on mas­sive in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment, to name a few are the key ar­eas where gov­ern­ment is fo­cus­siong to im­prove the air cargo sec­tors,” he in­formed.

Pan­icker dis­cussed the brighter as well as painful side of air cargo in­dus­try. “We have seen a pretty de­cent growth in cargo this year and if cargo is grow­ing then it is a sign of over­all growth of in­dus­try. Lo­gis­tics in­dus­try should be given the in­dus­try sta­tus. Con­stantly in­creas­ing cost of fuel, pa­per­less trans­ac­tions and skilled man­power are is­sues that need to be ad­dressed”, he said.

Skilled man­power echo­ing sim­i­lar views, Sharma stressed on im­ple­men­ta­tion of Elec­tronic Data In­ter­change for seam­less trans­ac­tions glob­ally.

The speak­ers at ASSOCHAM's sev­enth in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on In­dian civil avi­a­tion

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