The meeting also discussed matters like aviation financing and leasing, capacity building, aviation safety and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), among other things.
The civil aviation minister asserted that agencies under his ministry were able to effectively monitor airports against the spread of coronavirus
without causing any panic.
“There may be a 15-20 per cent drop in domestic passenger traffic due to the virus threat but it is a temporary phase. We will not only overcome this challenge but also emerge as a robust aviation market in the future,” Puri said at Wings India 2020.
He added that the country will have 1,200 aircraft in next few years, going by orders placed by some Indian operators. Referring to the passenger growth estimates, the minister also said India was going to touch the 1 billion passenger mark from the current 345 million, much ahead of the projected year of 2035.
He added, airport operators, airline companies
and those in training and maintenance will all work independently to benefit from the aviation industry’s growth potential.
According to the minister, Indian airports have so far screened 1.17 million international passengers for a possible coronavirus
infection while 3,225 were subject to further examination.
“Our airports today constitute a benchmark for every airport in the world as to how they have to respond to a situation like this,” the minister added. He defended the ministry’s decision to go ahead with Wings India 2020 summit while stating that it was business as usual for the industry. The government was acting against the ongoing challenge in such a way that the country and the aviation sector
will emerge stronger once the problem is behind us, he said.