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.
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.
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.
“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