Indians travel more in airplanes than AC trains: Government

May 29, 2018 08:45 IST
Indians travel more in airplanes than AC trains: Government

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.

Key Highlights

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.


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