Aviation

Not much to cheer about for aviation sector: Experts

DELHI

With the NDA government set to complete a year in office, aviation industry experts say the sector hasn’t had much to cheer about during this period as the much-needed reforms have either been in a go-around mode or in holding pattern.

The government, in its very early days, had vowed to transform the industry by proposing several measures to reform and revive the sector, reports Economic Times.

Among the proposed measures were a draft aviation policy, lifting the curbs on foreign operations by the Indian carriers, corporatisation of the state-run AAI and Pawan Hans, creation of air navigation services, privatisation of more airports and reviving the fortunes of Air India. However, they are yet to take a decisive shape.

“The Indian aviation industry had lots of hope from the Modi government given its pro-reform tilt, but a year later nothing much has happened on the ground despite good intentions and bold statements,” says Amber Dubey, Partner and India head for aerospace and defence at global consultancy KPMG.

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