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Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Global Aviation Summit 2019 In Mumbai

The aviation industry in India has been experiencing exponential growth with the domestic aviation market growing at 20 percent annually for the last four years

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Minister of Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu inaugurated Global Aviation Summit 2019 in Mumbai on Tuesday.
At the summit, he highlighted the need for technology to pervade all aspects of aviation. He said that the rise of fuel prices has been an issue in recent times but can be dealt with through an exchange between the minds in the industry.
He also said there will be zero tolerance for any safety violation and as the demand for air travel keeps rising, they need to ensure safer, sustainable and smoother trips.
The aviation industry in India has been experiencing exponential growth with the domestic aviation market growing at 20 percent annually for the last four years.

Global Aviation Summit 2019, commenced with the participation of 13 transport and civil aviation ministers, 36 civil aviation authorities, 800 delegates, more than 35 exhibitors from over 80 countries across the world. The inaugural session was graced by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council ICAO, Jayant Sinha, MoS, Ministry of Civil Aviation, R N Choubey, Secretary, Minister of Civil Aviation and Sandip Somany, President, FICCI. 

The inaugural session, primarily focused on the summit’s main theme of ‘Flying for all’ which touts to make air travel affordable for citizen of every class in this country. The summit, which is historical in opening a dialogue on several verticals like importance of drones, affordable air travel, use of sustainable fuels in future, infrastructural development in a compact two-day event, seeks to pave the way for greater growth in the aviation sector through better policy-framing. 

Besides the ambitious plan of manufacturing indigenous drones, robust air cargo policy for greater trade and more transparent policy logistic study is also on the cards, the minister said. 

With greater demand in air travel, comes the necessity to ensure sustainable flights and reduction of carbon emission, Dr OlumuyiwaBenard Ali, President of the Council, ICAO said. The ICAO president said that if the growth momentum of the Indian aviation market continues, then very soon the country is going to be the third largest aviation market in the world. He also focused on the need for better skill development of the next generation aviation professionals. 

The reason behind the choice of Mumbai as the preferred destination for this summit was explained by both Prabhu and CM Devendra Fadnavis who spoke about the city being one of the oldest and the most dynamic. The state of Maharashtra will have nine airports connecting different parts of the country with the geographically prominent Nagpur airport being developed to connect both national and international flight routes. Ali said, “PM Modi’s dream of Flying for the man wearing chappals is already becoming a reality here.”

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