According to Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, India, which has the world's fastest-growing civil aviation sector, plans to add 100-120 planes every year to fulfil demand.
He told the Wings India 2022 conference in Hyderabad that India is planning massive development in the fields of airlines, airports, and every aspect of the civil aviation ecosystem.
He also stated that fleet augmentation is critical for the industry. The country's fleet has risen from 400 aircraft in 2013-14 to 710 aircraft in the previous seven years. "We increased the number of planes to 310. We plan to add 100-120 aircraft every year in the future, "he stated.
Scindia also asked airlines to expand their fleets of wide-body planes while maintaining their focus on narrow-body planes. "It is not enough to connect all points in India. We need to connect the world to India. Therefore, the Indian flag carriers should increase long-haul aircraft to touch every corner of the world."
He said that the aviation industry has become stronger and more fit, and that it is now ready to confront new challenges and possibilities. Civil aviation has a critical role to play as India commemorates 75 years of independence and seeks to develop as a new powerful nation in the next 25 years, he added.
According to Scindia, the sector would be taken to new heights through a multi-pronged strategy.
He stated that in 2013-14, India had 74 airports, but that in the previous seven years, 66 airports have been added, bringing the total number of airports to 140, including helipads and water aerodromes. "By 2024-25, we want to have 220 airports," he stated.