Avi­a­tion gives wings to tourism

The Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion has been work­ing closely with the Min­istry of Tourism to be­gin flight op­er­a­tions to 34 tourism sites across In­dia.

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Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence with

KJ Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (I/C), Tourism, Suresh Prabhu, Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion said that the avi­a­tion in­dus­try has reached a growth rate of 20 per cent for al­most four years. “With the growth, peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions are also grow­ing faster. We are try­ing to cater to the grow­ing de­mands of all the states, pas­sen­gers and as­pir Jayant

Sinha, Min­is­ter of State, Civil Avi­a­tion and RN Choubey, Sec­re­tary, Civil Avi­a­tion. Talk­ing about work­ing with Min­istry of Tourism, Prabhu said, “We are work­ing with MOT to iden­tify des­ti­na­tions which are at­trac­tive to tourists and where air con­nec­tiv­ity is an is­sue so that we can pro­vide that. We are work­ing to iden­tify hotspots for tourism across In­dia, where we can iden­tify air con­nec­tiv­ity to ex­ploit its true po­ten­tial, so that In­dia con­tin­ues to get more tourists in the process. Ev­ery tourist brings in 15 jobs on site or off site, and there­fore this is a very im­por­tant sec­tor. As the Min­is­ter of Com­merce, we as one of the dom­i­nant ser­vice sec­tors.”

Alphons added, “We have given a pro­posal to MOCA to link un­con­nected tourism des­ti­na­tions, espe­cially the iconic sites. I have a given a list of 34 sites on which three des­ti­na­tions on which will pay for it af­ter get­ting money from Min­istry of Com­merce and pay to MOCA for the same.”

Prabhu also up­dated the press about the up­com­ing Cali­cut Air­port in Ker­ala. “The DGCA has ap­proved all the safety con­sid­er­a­tions to start op­er­a­tions from Cali­cut Air­port. Also, there will be op­er­a­tions of wide-bod­ied air­craft from this air­port, ow­ing to de­mand,” he claimed.

Sinha added, “Saudi Ara­bia air­lines will com­mence its op­er­a­tions for A330 as well as for B777 from Cali­cut, and they have been given tech­ni­cal go-ahead for the same. In fact, from next year, Cali­cut is likely to be an em­barka­tion point for Haj op­er­a­tions. The MOT has taken that up with the Min­istry of Mi­nor­ity Af­fairs.”

In fact, Choubey in­formed that Cali­cut Air­port will have a new in­ter­na­tional ar­rival block, which is be­ing con­structed by AAI at a cost of ` 120 crores. “When the con­struc­tion of the block is com­pleted, the to­tal ca­pac­ity of the air­port will go up from 3.5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per an­num to 5 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per an­num,” he claimed.

MOCA re­vealed that another air­port in Ker­ala—Kan­nur, will also start op­er­a­tions from Oc­to­ber 1, 2018. In fact, there will be in­ter­na­tional op­er­a­tions from this air­port as well. Choubey said, “Kan­nur is go­ing to be con­nected to Abu Dhabi by Jet Air­ways; to Dam­mam by GoAir; and to Doha by In­diGo. These three com­menc­ing any­time from the win­ter sched­ule.”

We are work­ing to iden­tify hotspots for tourism across In­dia, where we can iden­tify air con­nec­tiv­ity to ex­ploit its true po­ten­tial, so that In­dia con­tin­ues to get more tourists in the process Suresh Prabhu Min­is­ter, Civil Avi­a­tion

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