Officials said that India’s civil aviation sector has almost reached the pre-Covid level in terms of traffic and will continue to grow further.
They spoke at the curtain raiser event here for Wings India 2022, a key event which is set to be held from March 24 to 27 in Hyderabad city. Wings India 2022 will be Asia’s largest event on civil aviation (commercial, general and business aviation).
Usha Padhee, joint secretary at the Civil Aviation Ministry, said more than 85 percent of pre-pandemic air traffic was back. According to the Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, the overall freight handled by India’s airports during the first two quarters this year recovered to more than 80 percent of the pre-pandemic level.
The Minister added that India expects to have around 220 airports in the next five to seven years. In the last 7 years, the number of airports has been almost doubled to 136 by adding 62 more aerodromes. Earlier, the number was only 74.
Rajiv Bansal, Civil Aviation Secretary, said there was a huge upside for growth in the civil aviation sector. “We will continue to grow faster than we were growing earlier,” he said.