Friday, November 19, 2021

Want an aviation hub in India for Indians: Jyotiraditya Scindia

The government wants Indian carriers to launch long-haul international flights from India and create aviation hubs in India, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said today.

“I want a (aviation) hub created in India for Indians. We would not want aviation hubs outside India,” Scindia said at a CII conference.

The Modi government, since it has come to power in 2014, has been of the view that foreign carriers are flying out a large number of passenger traffic flying to Europe a ..

This government has also put a hold on any increase in foreign flying quota for several countries and also discussing ways to reduce the existing quota, which may be very difficult.

The government under the current bubble arrangement with several countries have also put a ban on airlines carrying sixth freedom passengers (a passenger flying to London from New Delhi via Dubai or any other hub).

On return of international flights, Scindia said that they are in discussions with several ministries and a decision will be taken once the environment is safe.

“Let me commit to you that we are evaluating it (resuming international flights)… but let’s not forget about the impact of COVID… we want to go back to normalcy but in a safe environment,” he said.

18/11/21 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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