Aviation Infrastructure In India

Question by: Doddaalahalli Kempegowda Suresh

Question

  1. whether the Government has taken note that a well-managed civil aviation infrastructure in India can bring down transport and communication costs, promote commercial and cultural activities, create jobs and ultimately unite people and markets and if so, the details thereof?
  2. whether the Government has taken any measures to put in place technologically advanced airlines to compete with today''s globalized world; and if so, the details thereof?

Answer by:The Minister of State (IC) in the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Hardeep Singh Puri)

The Government agrees that a well-managed civil aviation infrastructure in India can bring down transport and communication costs, promote commercial and cultural activities, create jobs and ultimately unite people and markets.

Efforts being made to facilitate development of a well-managed civil aviation infrastructure and to enable our airlines to be technologically advanced include, inter alia:

  • Promoting private investments in existing and new airports through Public Private Partnership (PPP);
  • Enabling improvement in air navigation infrastructure at Indian airports;
  • Route rationalisation in coordination with Indian Air Force for efficient airspace management, shorter routes and reduced consumption of aviation fuel;
  • GST rate reduced to 5% for domestic Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services.
  • Encouraging paperless handling of passengers at airports using biometrics and digital boarding passes to adhere to health norms and enhance efficiency of passenger flow management;
  • Encouraging greater use of digital technology at air cargo terminals to enhance efficiency and reduce dwell times.
  • Encouraging leading aircraft and component manufacturers to enhance their design, manufacturing, maintenance and warehousing footprint in India.

Source : Civil Services Chronicle Online, October, 2020