Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday told that despite the pandemic, the cargo sector in India grew by 19 percent during the last two years. “In a time of two years, payment from cargo has grown and this has enabled Indian cargo carriers to stand on their own feet,” Scindia said members of the Rajya Sabha.
Air cargo had a stellar year in 2021
For many airlines, it provided a vital source of revenue as passenger demand remained in the doldrums due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. Growth opportunities, however, were lost due to the pressures of labor shortages and constraints across the logistics system.
International Air Transporters Association
- Overall, economic conditions do point towards a strong 2022,” told Willie Walsh, International Air Transporters Association (IATA’s) Director-General.
In India too, the transportation of essential goods was primarily done by air during the outbreak of the pandemic. This enabled air cargo operators to remain afloat.
In fact, some carriers like Spicejet converted their passenger aircraft into cargo carriers to transport essential goods, and also earn revenues.
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“Since the lockdown was imposed, transportation of many goods and essential services was done by air in India, and even overseas. And despite the reduction in passenger loads, cargo loads continued to be on the rise in India,” told anexpert on civil aviation.
Meanwhile, with the government declare the resumption of all scheduled international operations from March 27, there is the hope of an increase in passenger loads too.”We have declare that all scheduled operators can fly from all destinations now,” Scindia added.