India Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia stated in an interview that India will have massive growth, projected to be 1,200 planes with 40 crore passengers by 2027 and 220 airports by 2030.

India’s newest airline, Asaka Air, began its services on 7th August departing from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. The pandemic has had a huge impact on India’s aviation sector as seven airlines were closed off over the past 20 years.

“It has been eight long years since an airline has been launched in India. In the last almost two decades, all we have heard is how difficult it has been for airlines to function, multiple issues they have internally faced and we have seen seven airlines being shut down over last 20 years.”- Scindia in PTI interview.

Now on the path to recovery, Asaka Air is the first sign of recovery for the country, as well as a rebranded Air India and reborn Jet Airways picking up momentum in the country’s civil aviation industry.

Air India aircraft
Air India provides connections to over 70 international destinations. It is also India’s national flag carrier. | © Money Sharma/AFP/Getty

Bright Future Ahead for India’s Aviation

Scindia has further gone on to say that in 2013-14, there were only 74 airports and in the last 8 years, that number has gone up and there are now 141 airports; with the intention to go up to 220 airports by 2030.

“Our forecast is that by 2027, you will have 40 crore travellers in India- both domestic and international. That is the kind of growth potential we are looking at in terms of passengers.”- Scindia

The growth in the number of aircraft, there is currently 700 and there’s been growth since 2013 as were about 400 aircraft; with a projected total being 1,200 by 2027 according to Union Minister Scindia.

With a bright future ahead, India is going to add 15 percent capacity, with an emphasis on growth in India’s market, airports, and aircraft.

What are your thoughts on the expected projections?
Note: ‘crore’ = 10 million.
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