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Mar 08, 2018

GoI awards 56 airports under Regional Connectivity Scheme--UDAN


HYDERABAD, 8 March 2018: The Government has awarded 56 airports under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)?UDAN in the last two years, of which,18 airports have been operationalised and every month, two airports are being made functional under the scheme.  


Civil Aviation Secretary Mr. R.N Choubey said this at 'WINGS INDIA 2018', organized by FICCI jointly with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India. The theme of the four-day biennial event this year is 'India-Global Aviation Hub'.


Mr. Choubey said that the Government was committed to connecting the cities and towns to increase regional connectivity in the country. He added that oil prices needed to remain soft, below $80 a barrel for the sector to grow at a CAGR of 15% for the next 20 years.


Highlighting a major concern of the sector, he said that VAT on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) was among the highest in the world. To address the issue, Mr. Choubey suggested that either the ATF is included in the GST framework or the states bring down VAT under 5% on ATF.


Agreeing to the Secretary's recommendations on ATF, Mr. K T Rama Rao, Minister for IT E&C, MAUD, Industries & Commerce, Government of Telangana, said that Telangana had the potential to become an aviation hub. The Minister urged the Central Government to open a National Aviation University in the state of Telangana.


Mr. Sandip Somany, Senior Vice President, FICCI, said that Regional Connectivity Scheme, UDAN, merits a special mention. It provides greater connectivity to under-served and unserved airports of the country. Under UDAN-1, the government is expected to provide around 1.3 million seats per year, of which half will be covered by airfare of maximum Rs 2,500. Under UDAN-2, around 2.5 million RCS seats and nearly 5.5 million total passenger seats will be available per annum. He added that the conference will focus on fostering partnership to transform Indian aviation and the role of conducive regulatory framework to facilitate growth of civil aviation market. It will represent the strength and opportunities in the aviation sector to the potential stakeholders.


Mr. BS Bhullar, Director General, DGCA also graced the occasion.


While delivering the vote of thanks, Ms. Usha PadheeJoint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation,urged the participants to actively participate in the event.


During the inaugural session, a white paper and Exhibitors Directory were unveiled by the dignitaries.


Coinciding with WINGS India 2018, FICCI is set to launch its maiden edition of ?WINGS INDIA AWARDS? for Excellence in the aviation sector.  The awards will be conferred upon the Aviation-related Companies/Institutions/Organizations in 14 categories in the evening today.


The four-day event will witness the presence of 125 exhibitors and 35 CEOs. WINGS 2018 will also see representation from 10 countries, namely USA, Japan, U.K, Russia, Singapore, France, Germany, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Italy and Iran. Besides, 15 aircrafts by ATR, Honda, Trujet, Gulfstream, Boeing, Embraer, Dassault, Club one Air, Aeroteck, Zoom Air, Air India, NAL and others will be at the static display. Besides the conference and exhibition, Roundtables on Tourism, Cargo and Logistics and Skills and G2B and B2B meetings are scheduled. More than 300 B2B meetings are scheduled during the course of the event.


Sector Brief

India is one of the fastest growing aviation market and currently the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world with a market size of around US$ 16 billion. India is projected to be the third-largest aviation market by 2026 and the largest by 2030. About 1.4 lakh scheduled international aircraft movements of Indian airlines in FY17, 9.7% growth over FY16. During the FY 2017, domestic air passenger traffic growth year over year is 20 per cent. The airlines operating in India are projected to record a collective operating profit of Rs. 8,100 crore (US$ 1.29 billion) in fiscal year 2016. During FY17, domestic passenger traffic increased by 22 per cent in comparison with growth rate of 21.24 per cent in FY16.  Airports across the globe are planning on increasing their spending on new technology to keep up with surging passenger traffic, which is expected to double to 370 million by 2020. India's air cargo is estimated to grow at 9 per cent over the next few years. Domestic air traffic is expected to grow 25 per cent and cross 130 million in financial year 2017-18.


Opportunities and Financing Outlook for Aviation Sector

Opportunities and Financing Outlook for Aviation Sector





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