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Airlines Industry pitches for review of high levies and reforms in budget 2015-16
Last Updated: 24-Feb-2015
As a part to strengthen Make in India campaign, Airlines industry is pitching for developing MRO business in the country. MRO (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) potential in India is high and it currently employs 6,000 people but has the potential to engage at least 40,000. MRO Association of India and global aircraft manufacturers are pitching to reduce the levies in the upcoming budget for 2015-16. All airlines in India currently prefer to use overseas facilities for most of their maintenance work. IndiGo, the country's biggest carrier, has been taking its Airbus A320 planes to the Sri-Lankan Airlines' facility in Colombo since February 2009. Jet Airways takes its aircraft to multiple destinations, including Malaysia, while national carrier Air India do maintenance at least one of its planes in China. Indian MRO industry also needs reliable physical infrastructure, proximity to airports, simplified and standardised customs procedures for importing aircraft parts, quality tooling and supplies and equipment. Apart from the above approvals and certification from regulators such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and global original equipment manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace and Dassault Aviation are needed to grow the industry in India.