Aviation infrastructure must match rising demand

Aviation infrastructure must match rising demand
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First Published: Wed, May 02 2007. 02 41 PM IST
Updated: Wed, May 02 2007. 02 41 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: In a scenario where dedicated terminals for general aviation are still not available, it is no surprise that the concept of having heliports, with choppers operating out of the main airports is still missing.
Lack of hangar and parking spaces, maintenance facilities, lengthy procedures for clearance of expat pilots and engineers, apart from the “tedious” process of getting clearances were hampering the expansion of general aviation in the country.
Operational timings of general aviation aircraft at Mumbai and Delhi were dependent on scheduled flight timings at these two airports. The requirement for the crew to pay airport fees and obtaining fresh clearances at all airfields, also made the turnaround time longer.
Coupled with all this, very high import and countervailing duties is likely to “kill growth” altogether.
According to experts aviation growth in China, though very high, had been a “huge disappointment” for the global aviation industry due to severe government controls.
“Logically, India should become the next regional hub, after Dubai and Singapore for providing world class aviation services in Asia,” they said.
Government should play its part to encourage the huge growth being witnessed in general aviation activities as things could go wrong if the growth was not planned or nurtured at this nascent stage, they added.
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First Published: Wed, May 02 2007. 02 41 PM IST