All the grounded flights would not be allowed to fly till the faulty engines are replaced, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said as he sought to allay the collective apprehensions of passengers about flying safe
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation said that the government is working on steps such as developing new greenfield airports and skilling manpower to achieve this target.
Jayant Sinha said that the biggest game changer in the budget was ‘NaMoCare’ which is aimed at benefiting 10 crore poor families by providing coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary healthcare.
The minister claimed that more people were opting for air travel because the country had the cheapest fares in the world and added that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had remarked that a man wearing slippers is also now flying.
Minister says capacity expansion at Mumbai airport will continue to be an issue
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that UDAN will add 4-5 per cent to the total passenger trips in the country.
Air Deccan was to commence operations on Jamshedpur-Kolkata route by September 30 last year.
Proposal to amend 9-month extension of such pilots to a maximum of 1 year.
“Around the world most public sector airlines like Lufthansa, British Airways and Qantas have all been disinvested by their governments,” said Jayant Sinha.
Stating that Air India has improved its performance quite dramatically in the past three years and it is now making operating profit, Sinha said the arilines’ total debt as of September stood at Rs 51,890 crore and the annual interest outgo on this debt is around Rs 5,000 crore.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said, “lack of proper system to facilitate management of distribution and revision of operational documents” and “accident/ incident reporting system is not proper” were among salient audit observations.
“India has the cheapest and best telecom services, motorcycles….There is a revolution happening in front of us. India today consumes more mobile data than any other country including China,” Jayant Sinha said.
A case has been registered under Section 354 and POCSO Act as the victim is a minor, and the Maharashtra Police has recorded a statement of the teenager. She also claimed that the Air Vistara inflight staff did not come to her aid.
According to the Airports Authority of India, there are currently 137 airports in the country including those that are under construction. Out of the lot, 17 are international airports.
The government, which is in the process of divesting its stake in flag carrier Air India, has decided that it will not carve out the international operations of the airline.