India Will be 2nd Largest Air Traffic Market in a Decade: Civil Aviation Minister

The open-air policy of the Indian government has helped achieve higher growth in the aviation sector and the country is going to be the second largest air traffic market in the world within the decade, said Ajit Singh, Minister for Civil Aviation, Government of India. Singh was speaking from Nagpur, where he had come to unveil a statue of Dr B R Ambedkar at the international airport named after him, in the presence of Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, among other ministers, news reports stated.

Stating that domestic carriers flew close to 162 million passengers in 2011-12, up from 143 million in 2010-11, Singh called for more investments in the aviation infrastructure sector, especially from the private sector, and hinted that the Centre might hand over the operations and management of Kolkata and Chennai airports to private parties on a public-private-partnership model.

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