India had 74 airports in 65 years. It has doubled the number of airports and heliports in the past nine years to 148.
The terminal building at Chennai’s airport, according to Jyotiraditya Scindia, is a tribute to the speed at which Indian aviation is developing, she remarked during a speech she gave there in front of Prime Minister Modi.
Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia
He said that only 6 crore passengers travelled through India in 2013–2014, but that figure has now increased to 14.5 crore annually in just nine years. Prior to the invention of COVID, the daily peak passenger volume was 4,20,000; today, it is 4,55,000.
In 65 years, there were 74 airports in India. In the previous nine years, the number of airports and heliports has doubled to 148, and over 200 new airports, waterdromes, and heliports will be built in the following four to five years.
Civil aviation in India
The growth of civil aviation in India was another topic that PM Modi discussed. On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the completion of development projects worth Rs 5,200 crore in Chennai. He credited the government’s commitment to excellence and its vision for achieving its goals.
He added that whereas delays were once associated with infrastructure projects, they are now associated with delivery. We have gone through a journey from delay to delivery because of the nature of our work. Every penny that our tax payers provide, we feel accountable for. We follow rigorous timelines and deliver outcomes much before they are expected.
India is one of the fastest expanding aviation markets in the world. In South Asia, India accounts for 69% of all air traffic. India should be able to handle 1 billion passengers annually at its airports by 2023.
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The aircraft industry experienced severe financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the suspension of air operations in March 2020, airline businesses in India reported losses of over Rs 19,500 crore, while airports suffered losses of over Rs 5,120 crore.
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However, a number of airline companies were in financial trouble prior to the pandemic having an effect on consumer travel. For instance, in the previous 15 years, 17 airlines have ceased operations.
Two of those carriers, Deccan Charters Pvt Ltd and Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd, ceased operations in 2020. The last four years have seen persistent losses for Air India. All other prominent Indian private airlines, including Indigo and Spice Jet, declared losses for the 2018–19 fiscal year.
The Airports Authority of India creates, enhances, maintains, and manages the infrastructure for civil aviation in India. (AAI). It oversaw 137 airports around the country as on June 23, 2020.
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