75 new airports have been created in India in the previous decade, according to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was discussing the government's plans for air travel. Scindia also mentioned that the aviation industry is booming and has a lot of untapped potential.
What did Scindia say?
According to India's aviation minister, the country's airport count will rise from 149 to 220 in the next five to seven years.
When asked about the closure of Indian airlines in the past, Scindia said that things have changed and that new air carriers are being established to make flying accessible to citizens. He was speaking at the formal inauguration of AAR-Indamer's aircraft Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facility at Mihan SEZ in Nagpur.
According to Scindia, the opening of the facility was a watershed moment in the development of MRO in India. According to him, the event marked a turning point in the development of civil aviation in India and had far-reaching implications. In India, the field of civil aviation has a rich history that spans more than a century. The industry has grown to enormous proportions and has enormous prospects, but, as Scindia pointed out, just recently.
He claims that ten years ago, India had around 400 planes, but that number has since exploded to 713 (the most recent tally) and will continue to rise.
During the meeting, the minister reviewed the 470 planes that Air India has ordered, with 250 coming from Airbus and 220 from Boeing. Further evidence of the aviation industry's enormous potential is the fact that leading carrier IndiGo is now purchasing 500 planes. He made it clear that these orders are monumental in aviation history, and not just for India.
Air passenger traffic
In his remarks, Scindia said that, from 6 crore in 2008 to 130% in the past decade, and predicted that, from 37% in 2016 to 51% in 2040, Asia will account for nearly half of the world's international passenger traffic.