Friday, June 15, 2018

Jayant Sinha: Aviation industry is a success story of government

Mumbai: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha Thursday said that the number of passenger trips in the country has doubled in the past four years. Claiming that the aviation industry has been one of the great success stories of the government, he said that flying has been made affordable for all since 2014.

Sinha was in Mumbai to inaugurate an apprentice program, funded by aircraft company Boeing, which will train 25 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME) in Air India Engineering Service Limited (AIESL) office at Mumbai’s Kalina airport.

“The aviation industry is one of the great success stories of our government. In the past four years, we have doubled the number of passenger trips. As Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu had said that more people are flying as compared to taking air-conditioned trains. Some of the measures include introducing the national civil aviation policy, measures undertaken to ease business, generating rapid responses for consumers,” Sinha said.

In 2013, the total number of passenger trips was about 100 million, according to Sinha, which has doubled to 200 million in 2017.
Sinha added, “All of the above measures have ensured that 200 million passenger trips a year, which we estimate could turn into a billion trips annually, 15-20 years down the line. India is also the third largest domestic aviation market in the world. Along with doubling traffic, we have improved the passenger quality, both in terms of airport and airline experience. The draft passenger charter has been formulated to strengthen passenger rights, which we would finalise very soon,” Sinha added.
15/06/18 Neha Kulkarni/Indian Express