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
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
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