‘Ameni­ties, cargo han­dling fo­cus ar­eas’

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1 We want to fo­cus on im­prov­ing pas­sen­ger ser­vice and con­nec­tiv­ity. There are 56 new air­ports sanc­tioned un­der UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naa­grik) scheme, so now we want to make sure that they be­come op­er­a­tional as soon as pos­si­ble and this again will im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity and create a huge ex­po­nen­tial de­mand for avi­a­tion mar­ket. So we are try­ing to work on that

2 There is a huge po­ten­tial in air cargo ser­vices within In­dia as well as for ex­ports spe­cially with re­gard to trans­port of per­ish­able agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties.

3 As much as 30-40 per cent of fruits and veg­eta­bles per­ish ev­ery year be­fore they reach the mar­ket, so we want to process them and ex­port them and for that air con­nec­tiv­ity is nec­es­sary.

4 Im­prov­ing air cargo ac­tiv­i­ties will com­pli­ment the com­merce min­istry’s aim to boost agri­cul­tural ex­ports.

5 Pas­sen­ger traf­fic is grow­ing at 16-20 per cent, which is un­prece­dented in the world. Traf­fic growth rate in China, which is the largest avi­a­tion mar­ket, is be­low that of the In­dia

Com­merce and In­dus­try Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu

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