Govt creates three advisory groups to resolve aviation issues
In order to find solutions to issues affecting the aviation industry, the government has formed three advisory groups—one for airlines, one for airports, and one for maintenance, repair, and overhaul units (MRO). Each group includes industry leaders and relevant government officials.
Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will lead the civil aviation advisory group on airlines, which will include VK Singh the Minister of State for civil aviation, Pradeep Singh Kharola the Secretary for civil aviation, Arun Kumar the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and Rajiv Bansal the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India.
It will also include airline promoters such as Rahul Bhatia the Co-founder of IndiGo, Jay Singh the Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, Ness Wadia of GoAir, Bhaskar Bhatt the Chairman of Vistara, and Sunil Bhaskaran the Chief Executive of AirAsia India.
Senior government officials, including the minister, minister of state, secretary of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), director generals of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), chairpersons of the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (AERA), and chairpersons of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), will make up the advisory group on airports (AAI).
GBS Raju the Chairman of the GMR Group, Jeet Adani the Vice President of the Adani Group, and Hari K Marar the Vice President of the Adani Group were also present.
According to the circular, the civil aviation advisory group on airlines will advise the government on improving airport capacity, infrastructure augmentation and modernization, tariff-related and other regulatory issues, and airport Capex (capital expenditure) targets, among other things.
Senior government officials and senior industry officials from their respective fields will make up the MROs, cargo, ground handling, and flight training group.
The advisory group will develop a strategy to ensure the growth of the MRO, ground handling, cargo, and flying training organisation (FTO) sectors and also contribute to the creation of a friendly ecosystem in the country by suggesting regulatory, policy, and other measures to improve the sector's efficiency and growth.