In a significant declaration made to the Lok Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia highlighted the resilience of India's aviation sector, revealing that the country witnessed a mere 0.7% of flight cancellations this year. This impressive figure underscores the robustness and reliability of air travel in India amidst growing global challenges.
Detailed explanations were provided by Minister Scindia, who attributed the minimal cancellation rates to weather-related issues (0.3%), commercial and operational reasons (0.2%), and technical difficulties (0.2%). Such low figures reflect the effective management and operational excellence within the Indian aviation industry.
The minister proudly noted the doubling of India's fleet size over the past decade and a significant 22% increase in air traffic movements in the last two years alone. These statistics not only demonstrate the sector's growth but also its vital role in supporting India's economic development.
Minister Scindia also addressed specific incidents that led to passenger inconveniences, emphasizing the government's unwavering commitment to ensuring passenger security and comfort.
Addressing the IndiGo incident, Minister Scindia emphasized that the airline should have proactively communicated with the airport to minimize passenger inconvenience.
He highlighted that severe fog conditions led to the issue, but both the IndiGo airline and Mumbai's airport management faced penalties for compromising airport security and causing passenger inconvenience, with fines of Rs.1.20 crore for IndiGo and Rs.60 lakh for MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) imposed by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. He also stated that measures are continuously being enhanced to mitigate such issues and improve the overall travel experience.
So to conclude, the minimal flight cancellation rate, coupled with the sector's growth, signals a bright future for Indian aviation. The government's proactive approach to addressing challenges and ensuring passenger satisfaction further cements India's position as a leading player in the global aviation market.
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