Update: November 19, 2021 06:13 STI
New Delhi [India], Nov 19 (ANI): Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia says India’s aviation industry has become the third largest domestic aviation market in the world.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday, the Union Minister inaugurated a curtain raiser event on Wings India 2022, which is Asia’s largest civil aviation event.
Speaking on the occasion, Scindia said India’s civil aviation industry has witnessed robust growth over the years and is contributing significantly to the economic development of the country. It brings people from all over the world to experience the huge business and tourism opportunities in India, the press release said.
The minister said the Indian aviation industry has overcome many challenges to become one of the most lucrative aviation markets in the world.
“India now handles the third largest domestic traffic after the United States and China. We all know that in this densely globalized economy, air transport is a key part of the country’s transport infrastructure and plays a important in the country’s economic growth,” he said. noted.
Union minister hailed aviation industry’s support in tackling impact of COVID-19 pandemic said impact was significant as he was carrying enzymes, PPE kits, face masks , medicines and cargo needed by states and union territories.
He said the overall cargo handled by the country’s airports in the first two quarters of FY22 (combined) recovered to over 80% (15.36 Lakh MT from April to September 22) from pre-pandemic level, despite the country hit by a second wave in the first quarter, the statement said.
“To bring the benefits of civil aviation to ordinary people and provide affordable air connectivity, the Government of India had announced the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) – UDAN (UdeDesh Ka Aam Nagrik) on 21 October 2016. To date, 387 routes connecting 62 airports, including 6 heliports and 2 hydroaerodromes, have been made operational under the RCS-UDAN program,” he said. (ANI)