Indian civil aviation recovers in 2009

Indian civil aviation recovers in 2009

New Delhi: The civil aviation industry, which was hit hard by the global meltdown and high fuel cost, showed signs of recovery in 2009, with the domestic passenger traffic rising 6% to 43.3 million, the Economic Survey said on Thursday.

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“Signs of recovery became visible in the second half of 2009. The scheduled domestic passenger traffic has increased from 40.8 million in 2008 to 43.3 million in 2009...," said the Economic Survey 2009-10, tabled in Parliament.

Taking note of the overall expansion work on various airports across the country, it said that of the 35 non-metro airports planned, 24 have been identified for city-side development through public private partnership.

On the Rs20,000 crore modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports, the survey said work is in progress, adding while the Delhi Airport project is likely to be completed by 2010, work at Mumbai airport will be over by 2012.

The Survey added apart from plans to construct greenfield airports in the northeastern region, costing Rs309.46 crore, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also taken up development of Kolkata and Chennai airports at a cost of Rs3,750 crore.

On Air India and Indian Airlines merger, despite widespread criticism from various analysts, the survey pointed out that it has helped achieve economies of scale and reduced overlaps in routes.

It also said the combined procurement has availed volume discounts in areas such as fuel, in-flight service items and insurance.