Air In­dia, what next?

Shar­ing the achievements of Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion (MOCA) in the last four years, Suresh Prabhu, Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion, re­vealed that the gov­ern­ment is re­view­ing the sta­tus of Air In­dia dis­in­vest­ment de­spite not re­ceiv­ing any bids till the deadli

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Best years for avi­a­tion

The Prime Min­is­ter had set an am­bi­tious agenda for the avi­a­tion sec­tor with a driv­ing force that con­nec­tiv­ity once pro­vided would yield great re­sults for the avi­a­tion sec­tor in In­dia. Shar­ing de­tails about im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity, Prabhu said, “The des­ti­na­tions and num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ling by air now has in­creased man­i­fold. Some of the path­break­ing ini­tia­tives at­trib­uted are Ude Desh ka Aam Na­grik (UDAN) scheme for re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity, which was con­ceived to con­nect smaller towns to ma­jor cities. As a re­sult, even those who could only dream of see­ing an air­craft and couldn’t af­ford to

Re­viv­ing Air In­dia

the gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble to keep Air In­dia healthy, Cur­rently suf­fer­ing from quite a few le­gacy is­sues like huge debts, the bot­tom line gets af­fected as there is a large in­ter­est cost to pay. In view of this, the gov­ern­ment de­cided to in­vite a strategic in­vestor for the air­line, which did not hap­pen. “Headed by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley, we re­viewed the sit­u­a­tion and dis­cussed the re­cent changes in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try in­clud­ing the fuel cost. Mean­while, a plan is be­ing pre­pared by the air­line man­age­ment to en­sure that Air In­dia con­tin­ues to op­er­ate

Na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy 2016

Herald­ing In­dia into a new era of avi­a­tion, the Na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Pol­icy is fully un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion. Most of it has al­ready been im­ple­mented and re­sulted into new ar­eas get­ting con­nected. While the num­ber of trav­ellers has in­creased, fares have also come down. Ow­ing to this, peo­ple who trav­elled in an air­craft for the

NABH Nir­man

Prabhu ex­plained, “Un­der NABH (Nextgen Air­ports for Bharat) Nir­man scheme en­tail­ing a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme to build bil­lion trip air­port ca­pac­ity, we are al­ready work­ing on mod­erni­sa­tion of air­ports. In fact, new air­ports are be­ing cre­ated in the next few years.” Air­port ex­pan­sion is nec­es­sary to sus­tain the and in­crease in the num­ber of pas­sen­gers. The big chal­lenge, Prabhu be­lieves, is the avail­abil­ity of land. Hence, MOCA is in con­sul­ta­tion with ex­perts within In­dia as well as out­side, air­ports with less land.

For a brighter fu­ture

Prabhu shares that a pol­icy is be­ing framed on mak­ing drones in In­dia. “While we are mak­ing this pol­icy, we are also talk­ing to top play­ers in the world who are man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia. This will be a Make in In­dia pro­gramme, and add value, cre­ate jobs and cre­ate a do­mes­tic in­dus­try which can be used as a launch­ing pad for global mar­kets.”

Un­der NABH Nir­man scheme en­tail­ing a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme to build bil­lion trip air­port ca­pac­ity, we are al­ready work­ing on mod­erni­sa­tion of air­ports

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