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India: Towards a better aviation experience

Aparna Dutt Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, IBEF

Apr 28, 2014 13:22

Delhi Airport can be soon expected to become a zero diversionary airport. A committee set up by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) submitted its report with 27 recommendations on the subject. It was formed in January this year and the recommendations are expected to be implemented by October 2014.

The committee has discussed the roadmap with all stakeholders including India Meteorological Department, Airports Authority of India, Delhi International Airport, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, DGCA and various airlines. The efforts should reduce the incidence of diversions of flights at the Delhi Airport. Additionally, the committee has recommended setting up a procedure in case of passengers stranded due to flights being delayed or diverted at Delhi and other alternate airports. This should improve the overall aviation experience in the country.

The Government of India has already drawn a plan to add 50 new low cost airports in the country to improve air connectivity and is committed towards constantly modernising the existing airports. The successful public private partnerships (PPP) at airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru has dynamically transformed airport infrastructure in the country.

India is expected to become amongst the top three aviation markets in the world by 2020 with projected passenger traffic of 450 million. In this light, initiatives to improve airport infrastructure in India should help harness the growth potential of civil aviation industry in the country.