Srivastava added, “Navi Mumbai, Pune, Goa and Patna airports are facing capacity constraints. On the other hand, Chennai do not suffer from any capacity constraint today but in the next 6-7 years and can also face capacity constraints and that is the only reason that the Government is considering Sriperumbudur”.
In order to stimulate the air connectivity, airlines are expected to add around 370 aircrafts, worth US$ 27.5 billion, to their fleet by the year 2017, informed the civil aviation secretary. Moreover, it is estimated that commercial fleet size shall reach 1000 from 400 today by 2020.
“We are committed for the development of the sector and have introduced several policies and regulations to encourage private participation and investments in the sector”, said Srivastava.
“To spur the growth of international air travel, the government has taken substantial steps to liberalize and grant traffic rights to Indian carriers to fly to several new destinations across the globe. There are 71 foreign passenger airlines operating in India at 25 airports with 1655 flights per week. In addition, in the year 2012, there were 703 tourist charted flights that carried 1.30 lakhs passengers”, added the secretary.
He also mentioned that the Government is planning to invest over US$ 120 billion in the development of airports infrastructure (construction of new airports, expansion and modernization of existing airports) & development of low cost airports all across the country.
“The government has taken significant measures for providing affordable air-connectivity to remote and interior areas of the country- the North Eastern Region and Tier-II & Tier-III cities of India and all these measures will go a long way in providing new avenues to the domestic part of the tourism sector”, said Srivastava.