New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday said that the country’s civil aviation sector is heading for an unprecedented and healthy growth in terms of number of passengers, aircraft and airports and the number of air passengers in the next five years. The number is estimated to reach 40 crores.
Scindia said on the occasion of the start of the services of the new airline ‘Akash Air’ that it is a very important day in the history of civil aviation sector in India. The first flight of the airline took off from Mumbai to Ahmedabad, which was flagged off by Scindia.
Scindia said in an interview to ‘PTI-Bhasha’, “This is the first time in the last eight years that an airline has started in India. In the last almost two decades, we all only heard that how difficult the operations of an airline are, they have to face many difficulties internally as well. During this seven airlines were also closed.
The civil aviation sector was badly affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic but now it is on the path of revival.
The Civil Aviation Minister said that with the launch of Akash Air, the revival of Jet Airways and the revival of Air India, the indications are clear that it is a growing market. “This is a market that is going to be absolutely healthy,” he said.
Scindia said that India will have 400 million air passengers by 2027, including domestic and international passengers. The number of air passengers in India was 60 million in 2013-14 and about 200 million in 2019-20. “In this way, there has been an increase of about 250 per cent in the number of passengers in these five years,” the minister said.
“We will be adding 15 per cent i.e. 100-110 aircraft per year. By the year 2027, India will have about 1,200 aircraft. We aim to increase the number of airports to 220 by 2030.
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