‘IN­DIAN CIVIL AVI­A­TION—BEN­E­FITS BE­YOND BORDERS’

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The Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion P. Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju said that In­dia needs to cor­rect its weak­nesses to grow in the avi­a­tion sec­tor as it is one of the few coun­tries in the world that has such di­ver­si­ties in cul­ture, her­itage, lan­guage and natural beauty.

Inau­gu­rat­ing an Avi­a­tion Sum­mit ‘In­dian Civil Avi­a­tion – Ben­e­fits be­yond Borders,’ or­gan­ised by the PHD Cham­ber’s Civil Avi­a­tion Com­mit­tee, he said that ef­forts should be mounted to re­alise the full po­ten­tial in all seg­ments of In­dian econ­omy in­clud­ing civil avi­a­tion. The new civil avi­a­tion pol­icy will help it achieve its po­ten­tial within In­dia.

The Am­bas­sador of Tur­key in In­dia Dr. Bu­rak Ak­ca­par said that air link­ages be­tween In­dia and Tur­key should grow fur­ther to in­clude both cargo and pas­sen­ger move­ments. Tur­key is keen to be a part of the ‘Make in In­dia’ en­deav­our and is keen on tech­nol­ogy trans­fer be­tween the two coun­tries. He was of the view that re­mote and re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity will bring in more Turk­ish tourists into In­dia.

Gopal Ji­wara­jka, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, PHD Cham­ber, said that the need of the hour is for In­dian avi­a­tion busi­ness to grow to en­sure a well rounded re­gional eco­nomic growth of the coun­try. Re­gional avi­a­tion ex­pan­sion is the next big fron­tier.

The Chair­man of the PHD Civil Avi­a­tion Com­mit­tee K.Narayana Rao said that it was im­per­a­tive to make use of ex­ist­ing air­ports and to in­tro­duce smaller 20 to 40-seater air­craft while si­mul­ta­ne­ously mak­ing it vi­able for air­lines to fly on these routes. The min­istry could evolve a for­mula seek­ing two per cent in­ter­est sub­ven­tion for the pur­pose, pro­vid­ing an in­ter sub­sidiary from the pro­posed Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Fund.

Vipin Vohra made a pre­sen­ta­tion on ‘Freight For­ward­ing, Air Cargo and Lo­gis­tics Sec­tor’ shar­ing the la­cu­nas and ur­gent re­quire­ments of this vi­tal sec­tor. Bhu­pesh Joshi of Club One Air shared a swot anal­y­sis on the dy­nam­ics of how In­dia con­nects and

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