New Delhi, January 04, 2018: The year 2017 would be remembered as a year of growth helped by the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS, also known as UDAN) which paved the way for great expansion of India’s Civil Aviation sector by connecting even smaller towns of the country.
It was a year which passed without any loss of life in air, major accident along with no closure of any private airlines, but witnessed huge jump in air passengers and huge deals of aircraft.
The year will also be remembered as year which showed the opening of doors for Sea planes and Drones which will bring a sea change in the Indian Aviation sector. But this year gave a jolt to the sinking national Air carrier Air India which has gone under the debt of Rs 50,000 crores and the government has put it for privatisation.
During the year, passenger traffic continued to rise on the back of more regional flights and higher disposable income levels. As per estimates, the civil aviation market in India is all set to become the world’s third largest by 2020.
According to the latest data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), passenger traffic during January-November 2017 zoomed 17.27 per cent to 105.9-million. The rise in passenger traffic aided airlines to post healthy quarterly figures and also place new aircraft orders in anticipation of future growth. It is expected that by 2020, passenger traffic at Indian airports is expected to increase to 421-million.
This year the game changer in the aviation was Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) also known as Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) which has enabled common people to fly at a cost of Rs 2500 for 500km. The plan started in late 2016 but was launched in April 2017.
United News of India