New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said the Center will have to put in place some systems to promote long-distance international flights of Indian carriers to places like Europe and South America.
“We aim to make India a strong aviation hub, where we can take more passengers from India to the world and vice versa,” he said during an event organized by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Scindia said connectivity to Europe, North America, Canada, Mexico, South America and parts of Central Asia will have to be boosted using a hub-and-spoke model.
“Therefore, building a hub in India is extremely important. Increasing long-haul flights means that we have to get more wide-sized aircraft,” he said.
The minister said that increasing long-distance flights will be a challenge in the coming days, but as a country, a ministry and an industry, aviation hubs will have to come back on our agenda.
Scheduled international passenger services in India are suspended since March 23, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, India and around 28 countries have been operating special flights since July last year under a bilateral “air bubble” arrangement.
Scindia said that on one hand the country will have to focus on domestic travel, while on the other hand it will also have to think about international travel.
“And we have to focus on setting up systems that allow connectivity on long-distance travel to places like Europe where we only have one or two (Indian) airlines to these destinations,” he said.
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