Sunday, March 07, 2021

Uttar Pradesh leads domestic market in aviation sector

Bengaluru: India's aviation sector has been growing rapidly over the last decade. In 2018, the domestic passenger growth was at a whopping 18.6%. Leading the domestic market in aviation is Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India in terms of both land area and population has allotted Rs 2,307 crore for the civil aviation sector while compared to Rs 347 crores in 2016. Till the year 2017, only Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Agra airports were operational in the state, over the next 03 years, Prayagraj, Kanpur and Hindon Airport have been given operational status and a total of 63 cities have been connected to air services from 25 cities.

A total of 21 airports will be operated in UP in the coming years. Construction work of selected Aligarh, Azamgarh, Shravasti, Moradabad, Chitrakoot and Myorpur (Sonbhadra) airports under RCS will be completed by April 2021. Development of new airports in Jhansi, Lalitpur and Saharanpur districts is underway.

Surendra Singh, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Government of Uttar Pradesh, said “The remarkable growth of the civil aviation sector in the past 4 years is due to Hon’ble Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s commitment and vision to make Uttar Pradesh a civil aviation hub. We have been focused on the development of the airports in every division with the aim to provide air connectivity to every resident of the state. We are further promoting training institutions in the field of civil aviation and also attracting investments in the Manufacture, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) sector. Uttar Pradesh is at the stage where it will further fuel the national aviation sector.”

07/03/21 Nagarjun Dwarakanath/India Today

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