Kochi: To keep pace with the massive growth in passenger and air cargo traffic, about 2,000 new flights would be added in the summer schedule, effective from March end.
Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting here, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel also informed the MPs that his Ministry had moved a note to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for allowing 100 % FDI in sea plane operations to promote tourism and provide connectivity along India’s vast coastline.
The meeting gave special emphasis on the expansion of air connectivity in the southern part of the country, which accounted for about one-third of the nation’s share, an official spokesperson said.
Total passenger traffic in 2005-06 had gone up by 24 %, aircraft movements by 17 % and air cargo by 10 %, he said adding that the total passengers who travelled were 73.35 million, of which Southern India accounted for 22.24 million.
Issues relating to aviation security also came up for discussion at the meeting, the spokesperson said adding that the members raised issues like ground handling policy, congestion charges, performance of private airport operators, pilot training and acquisition of small aircraft by state-owned carriers.