The number of Indians travelling in airplanes is more than those travelling in AC coaches of trains, revealed a document by the Union Government, on the occasion of its fourth anniversary. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while presenting the government’s report card at a rally in Cuttack on May 26, had drawn people’s attention to the rapid growth of India’s civil aviation sector.
With India emerging as the third largest aviation market, air passenger traffic growth has been in the range of 18-20 per cent over the past three years. The aviation sector will see the addition of around 1000 aircraft in the coming decade to the currently existing 550. The Indian Aviation Ministry has now kept a target of a five-fold increase in passenger trips to one billion per annum in 15-20 years. The ministry has claimed the scheme as a major success, taking the number of operational airports in the country to about 100.
1. According to the document titled ‘saaf niyat, sahi vikas’, for the first time, more people travelled in airplanes than in AC trains.
2. It said that the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 has been unveiled to transform the sector.
3. The document stated that domestic air passenger traffic crossed 100 million in 2017.