The Assam Government has offered to provide Rs. 100 crore per year for three years for expansion of air connectivity to ASEAN under the centrally-sponsored scheme UDAN, said RN Choubey, Civil Aviation Secretary here on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference at the ongoing wings india 2018 organised by FICCI jointly with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India here, Choubey said for UDAN – International, the government would facilitate the bidding process but the final decision would rest with the state government.
Choubey said that creating airport infrastructure quickly and providing skilled manpower were the main takeaways from the CEOs Forum, which was held earlier in the day. The Secretary said that the aviation sector was doing exceedingly well but the challenge was to provide infrastructure to match the sector’s growth.
Speaking about the requirement of skilled manpower in aviation, the Secretary said that in the next five to six years, 8,000 to 10,000 pilots would be needed. He added that the government does not want to step in areas where market forces can play a role. On the issue of MRO, he said that the government was providing a level playing field to the MROs within the country.
Choubey said that India’s domestic air passenger traffic has grown over 20% in the last three years.