Aviation Ministry sets up three advisory groups to resolve air transport and cargo challenges


The civil aviation ministry has constituted three advisory groups with representatives of airlines, airport operators, cargo carriers, ground handling companies, flight training organisations, and maintenance, repair and overhaul companies to address and solve challenges faced by the sector. These three groups will be chaired by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“The groups shall meet regularly to deliberate upon issues and resolve challenges facing each sector. Orders have been issued for the same,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to the official order, the first group will have chiefs of airline companies and includes Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal, IndiGo Promoter Rahul Bhatia, SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh, GoAir Director Ness Wadia, Vistara Chairman Bhaskar Bhat and CEOs of AirAsia India and Alliance Air.

The group also has Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Secretary of Civil Aviation and Director General of Civil Aviation as members.

As per the official order, the advisory group of airlines will guide the government on ways to boost the domestic and international connectivity, matters pertaining to passenger facilities during air travel, methods to safeguard the viability of airlines, among other things.

The second group comprises of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Chairman, Director General, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Chairman of Airports Authority of India, GMR Group Business Chairman GBS Raju, Adani Group Vice-President Jeet Adani and BIAL MD and CEO Hari Marar in addition to the civil aviation ministry and DGCA representatives.

This panel will address matters relating to enhancing airport capacity in the country, air cargo, infrastructure augmentation and modernisation, issues related to airport tariffs, and CAPEX performance of airports, including targets under National Infrastructure Pipeline.

The third group, which comprises of ground handling organisations, MROs, flying training organisations, etc will delve into air cargo related matters and advise the government on enhancing the participation of Indian carriers in air cargo.

It includes 17 members other than ministry and regulatory representatives. These members represent organisations such as Air India Engineering Services Ltd, GMR Aero, Celebi, AI-SATS, Bird Group, AAICLAS, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi and Chimes Aviation.

This group will discuss measures to increase the participation of Indian carriers in air cargo transportation and promote employment growth, suggest measures for infrastructure improvement and capacity building for air cargo sector, etc.

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