Monday, March 12, 2018

Passenger amenities, cargo handling focus areas: Suresh Prabhu

New Delhi: Improving passenger amenities, promoting cargo handling facilities and early operationalisation of 56 new airports under UDAN scheme will be the focus of the civil aviation ministry, said commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu, who took additional charge of aviation ministry earlier in the day.
He said India is recording a better health in passenger growth as compared to China, which is the largest aviation market in the world.
"We want to focus on improving passenger service and connectivity. There are 56 new airports sanctioned under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme, so now we want to make sure that they become operational as soon as possible and this again will improve connectivity and create a huge exponential demand for aviation market. So we are trying to work on that," Prabhu told PTI in an interview.
Speaking of the priority areas, he said there is a huge potential in air cargo services within India as well as for exports especially with regard to the transport of perishable agricultural commodities.
The minister stated as much as 30 - 40 per cent of fruits and vegetables perish every year before they reach the market, "so we want to process them and export them" and for that air connectivity is necessary.
12/03/18 PTI/Times of India