The Ministry of Civil Aviation has formed three advisory groups comprising airlines, airport operators, cargo carriers, ground handling companies, flight training organizations and maintenance, repair and overhaul companies to discuss and resolve the challenges facing the industry, according to an official statement on Wednesday. .
The aviation sector was hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic that swept the country in April and May. Many aviation stakeholders are not in good financial shape right now. The ministry said on Twitter: “Under the chairmanship of the Honorable Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has formed three advisory groups comprising airlines, airport operators and MRO, cargo carriers, FTOs and ground handling companies.”
“The groups will meet regularly to discuss issues and resolve challenges facing each sector and orders have been issued for this,” it added. The first advisory group consists of heads of all major airlines in India — Air India Chairman and General Manager Rajiv Bansal, IndiGo Chairman Rahul Bhatia, SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh, Go First Director Ness Wadia, Vistara Chairman Bhaskar Bhat, AirAsia India CEO Sunil Bhaskaran, Alliance Air chief Harpreet A De Singh.
According to the order of the Ministry of Aviation of July 20, the first group would advise the government on matters such as securing the viability of airlines, improving domestic and international connectivity, promoting passenger and cargo services, training staff. in the aviation sector and the development of India as a hub for passenger transport, freight and MRO services.
The second group consists of top executives from major Indian airport operators: Chairman of the Airports Authority of India, Sanjeev Kumar, GMR Group Business Chairman GBS Raju, Adani Group Vice President Jeet Adani and Bangalore International Airport Limited Chief Executive Officer Hari K Marar.
Another order from the Ministry of Aviation stated that the second group would advise the government on issues such as increasing airport capacity, expanding and modernizing infrastructure, increasing passenger facilities and amenities at airports and regulatory issues related to airports. airports.
The third advisory group would consist of four sub-groups: one each on MRO, ground handling, freight and FTO. Each of the subgroups would have four industry managers as members working in that particular industry.
Scheduled domestic passenger traffic in India was suspended for about two months between March 25 and May 24 last year due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus. Domestic traffic has been on the road to recovery since June 2020 when the second wave of the pandemic hit India in April and May this year.