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India has the potential to reach the top position in air transport within the next decade: Scindia

India has the potential to reach the top spot in air transport within a decade or so, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday, underscoring the government’s commitment to pushing the sunrise sector. to new heights. The government, he said, is committed to improving connectivity on regional and international long-haul routes, and has set a target of increasing the number of airports to 220 by 2025, against 136 currently.

“We’ve gone from 74 airports in the last 70 years to 62 (more) airports in the last seven years. We now have 136 airports. But that’s not where we’re going to stop. We have a goal of 220 airports in total. By 2025, and that includes the helipad and water ports. The task ahead is enormous. Tomorrow we will launch the Jewar airport (near Noida). “
“If you look at what we’ve been able to achieve over the last 5-6 years, from 2014 to 2019, the growth in connectivity, civil aviation alone has (grown) by 89%, and that helped us move from seventh position in terms of number of trips to close to fourth position in 2019. And remember, we will move to number one position over the next decade, “said Minister of ‘Union during a virtual session of the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

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This has resulted in the opening of a whole new market for connectivity and travel, he said, adding that much of the growth of the civil aviation sector will now be driven by level cities. 2 and 3, because Tier 1 cities have reached maturity. The minister said most metropolitan cities need a second airport.

“I am looking forward to the location of a second airport in Kolkata. Our metro airports are almost packed … I think we need to look at the new airports in all the subways. We are already in the process of second. airport in Delhi and Mumbai. We also need to do it in other cities, including Kolkata, “he said.

“We have set strong goals for the next 100 days … either by laying the foundation stone or by inaugurating five new airports, six new helipads and 50 new UDAN routes by about December. The proliferation of last mile connectivity is our goal. I think this is fundamental and essential for the growth of civil aviation, “he said.

The minister said connectivity is not just about bringing people together and boosting the economy. “Two paradigms have changed… from globalization to hyperlocation, and reaching your destination in the shortest possible time. Connectivity has become the engine of growth. Civil aviation is in its sunrise phase, ”he said.

Scindia said the industry is going to experience tremendous growth, at least in the next two foreseeable decades. However, this can only be achieved if all stakeholders work in unison, he said, also urging the private sector and state governments to join the effort. He stressed the need to harness the potential of civilian helicopter space.

“The helicopter space is totally untapped in India. It shocks me that India has only 280 (civilian) helicopters (registered and operational), of which 181 are non-scheduled compared to thousands of helicopters in other countries like Brazil, Russia, China. In the last few months we have been developing a new helicopter policy, ”he said.

(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)

First publication: STI


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