Indian Civil Aviation industry is at cross roads. From sluggish operations of Air India, the sector has moved to premium airlines, world class airports, low cost airlines making it one among the top 10 markets in the world. The passenger traffic is growing at double digits, freight, aircraft movements are expected to grow at 5% over the next 5 years.
To boost the aviation sector, the government of India, has widened the visa on arrival programme to 150 countries boosting tourism. It is also planning to list AAI and Pawan Hans Ltd in stock exchange to raise capital. It is also modernizing airports with introduction of biometric scanner entry in airports with Aadhar card. This projected growth, combined with India?s low air traffic density?72 compared to 282 in China and 2,8
Delhi Airport has made plans to become plastic free by the end of year 2019. The airport authority has discussed the issues with stakeholders and created awareness and options for eco-friendly sustainable alternatives. It advocates smart and bio-friendly packaging for food takeaways and beverages as well as paper or environmentally friendly bags for retail shopping. It also looks at segregated waste as bio degradable and recyclable at source. The airport which handles over 63.5 million passengers every year handles a significant amount of plastic waste and the airport authorities are set to control the same.
Bangalore Airport operator BIAL has signed an agreement with Unisys Corporation to develop an Analytics Center of Excellence, which will use artificial intelligence, machine learning to forecast future travel patterns and traveler trends. The move will produce intelligent business decision dashboards to facilitate smoother travel and provide insights for well planned resource allocation. The platform, hosted on Microsoft Azure cloud, will allow the Airport to provide real-time content information pertaining to Airport services and flight information including improved airport navigation, communication of airport services and proactive and personalized retail offerings based on passenger preferences and past spending history.
Blue Ray Aviation has signed an MoU with Pacific States Aviation (PSA) - US flight training institute for setting up a training facility for pilots, engineers and ground staff in Mehsana district of Gujarat . The training academy will be set up with an investment of ? 250 million. The joint venture will also operate a maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) unit and offer aircraft on charter. The academy will also offer its training programme at Concord, USA. The training programme will cover both US regulations as well as Indian Aviation regulatory norms. PSA will offer simulator facilities to Blue Ray Aviation. It may be noted that, the company has a training academy in Osmanabad in Maharashtra which may be shifted to Mehsana.
Ministry of Civil Aviation is considering to provide subsidy for heliports which will provide improved connectivity and promote tourism. It has approved flights from 6 heliports - Kangnidhar in Mandi, Manali, Baddi in Solan, Sarahan and Rampur in Shimla under UDAAN-2 It will also provide assistance in form of gap funding for construction of heliports and Pawan Hans has been asked to prepare detailed feasibility report. Apart from these 5 new heliports, operation will also start from Gaggal airport.
Google Flights service now to provide predication on flight delays. Currently, Google flight services provides data on flight delays from airline sources. Now with it powers delay predictions using artificial intelligence. It will predict delays using historic flight status data and other parameters. It will publish the data, when it atleast 80 percent confident about its accuracy of its predictions.
Bhogapuram International Airport Company (BIACL) has been formed by the state government as a special purpose vehicle to develop the greenfield airport near Vizianagaram. The company will have authorised share capital of Rs 500 million divided into 50 lakh equity shares of Rs 10 each. It will prepare a feasibility report, detailed project report, impact assessment report and technical and financial viability of the project. The state government has plans to develop it as Bhogapuram aerotropolis. It will include the development of the greenfield Aerotropolis with an international airport; MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facilities; and an aviation academy at Bhogapuram.
Adani Group is planning to develop a greenfield airport in Dhamra in Jharsugudha district of Odisha. The airport at Jharsuguda will be capable of handling Airbus 320s. The ones at Dhamra and Jeypore will be smaller ones. Under the coastal corridor project -- part of the bigger Bharatmala project -- the plan is to connect Gopalpur in Odisha to Digha in West Bengal, giving direct connectivity from Paradip to Dhamra along the coast. This will help in cutting down the roundabout route by 120 km. As of July 2017, the company is in the process of land acquisition and likes to get the airport operational by 4 years
Telangana state government has tied up with Airbus along with National Skill Development Corporation India and AEROCAMPUS France, to set up a centre of excellence for aerospace skill development, at Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad. The centre will provide short-term course modules and long-term certificate and diploma courses to facilitate employment in aerospace sector. The short-term courses will be rolled out in 2017. The centre may also be upgraded to an university later.
City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCOM) has invited bids in August 2016 for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. The scope of work includes land development including Ulwe River diversion work for Navi Mumbai International Airport. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 544.9 crore. The work is scheduled to be completed in 24 months.