‘INDIAN CIVIL AVIATION—BENEFITS BEYOND BORDERS’
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