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SpiceJet Airlines
24 Jul

Indian Civil Aviation Industry Shows Robust Recovery

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has recently announced an impressive 88% increase in international passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. This surge in air travel indicates a strong and steady recovery for India’s aviation industry.

In addition to the growth in international travel, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN) has witnessed a significant rise in passengers, with over 1.23 crore travellers utilizing RCS UDAN flights since the scheme’s inception.

Dr. V. K. Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, attributed this positive growth to the government’s efforts to enhance regional connectivity and attract both domestic and international passengers.

Resurgence in International Travel:

The COVID-19 pandemic had a severe impact on air travel, leading to a decline in the number of international passengers in the previous year. However, the situation has taken a positive turn since the resumption of scheduled international commercial passenger operations from March 27, 2022.The substantial 88% increase in the first quarter of 2023, based on provisional figures, indicates the nation’s readiness to travel again and its renewed confidence in air transport.

Indian Aviation Industry Shows Robust Recovery

88% Surge in International Traffic and Increased UDAN Travelers

The Ministry of Civil Aviation actively pursued measures to encourage international travel. India has opened its skies to 23 countries on a reciprocal basis, allowing unrestricted operations between India and these countries. Moreover, 18 tourist destinations have been made accessible to SAARC (except Afghanistan and Pakistan) and ASEAN countries, fostering greater connectivity and tourism opportunities.

Additionally, in line with the National Civil Aviation Policy of 2016, India has offered open sky arrangements on a reciprocal basis to SAARC countries and countries located beyond 5000 kms from Delhi. Presently, India has open sky arrangements with 23 countries, facilitating unlimited operations between India and these nations.

June 2023 witnessed remarkable growth in passenger numbers at Mumbai airport, with a 33% increase compared to June 2022, reaching 3.1 million passengers. Specifically, CSMIA experienced a 39% growth in international passengers. On June 10, the airport recorded its highest daily air traffic, serving a total of 148,981 passengers, with Dubai, London Heathrow, and Abu Dhabi as the top international destinations.

UDAN Scheme Achievements:

The Regional Connectivity Scheme, UDAN, aimed at enhancing domestic regional connectivity, has been a remarkable success. Since its launch, over 1.23 crore passengers have availed RCS UDAN flights, showcasing the scheme’s significant impact on improving accessibility to remote regions.

As part of the UDAN scheme, a total of 148 airports, including nine heliports and two water aerodromes, have been developed and operationalized, providing better connectivity to various parts of the country.

Despite some challenges leading to delays in the development and revival of airports, heliports, and water aerodromes, the government remains committed to overcoming these obstacles. Regular monitoring of progress and continuous efforts to remove hindrances have been put in place to expedite the operationalization of these aviation facilities.

The substantial increase in international passengers and the growing number of travelers availing the UDAN scheme indicate a promising future for India’s aviation sector. As the nation continues its post-pandemic recovery, the Ministry of Civil Aviation remains steadfast in sustaining this positive momentum and fostering seamless air travel experiences for citizens and visitors alike.