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.
• According to the document titled 'saaf niyat, sahi vikas', for the first time, more people travelled in airplanes than in AC trains.
• The document stated that domestic air passenger traffic crossed 100 million in 2017.
• It said that the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 has been unveiled to transform the 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 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 aviation sector will see the addition of around 1000 aircraft in the coming decade to the currently existing 550.
• Besides, the Aviation Ministry had previously launched the Regional Connectivity Scheme or UDAN to provide air connectivity to smaller towns and hilly terrains at affordable prices.
• The ministry has claimed the scheme as a major success, taking the number of operational airports in the country to about 100.
Who: Union Government