Jyotiraditya Scindia chairs the Conference of the Ministers of Civil Aviation of States and Union Territories

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The Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia chaired the two-day (17-18 October 2022) Conference of the Ministers of Civil Aviation on 18 October 2022. The conference was and co-chaired by Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Gen. (Rtd.) Vijay Kumar Singh.

The Conference of the Ministers of Civil Aviation has been organised by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi. 

The objective of the two day conference series was to promote greater collaboration and synergy between State Civil Aviation departments and Ministry of Civil Aviation to augment and develop the civil aviation sector.

Speaking on the occasion Scindia stated that the cost of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) remains a challenge as it constitutes 45-50% cost in airline operations.  He thanked 28 States, which have brought down Value Added Tax (VAT) on ATF to 1-4%.  He also urged the remaining 8 States to bring down the VAT so that the barriers to growth are removed.

 Expansion of Airports 

On the issue of airports, the Minister said that in next four years, about Rs 95,000 crore are likely to be invested by the Government and the private sector, which includes greenfield as well as brownfield airports.  

The Airports Authority of India is working on expansion of about 40 airports and setting up of 3-4 new Greenfield airports.  Similarly, private sector is also working on 60 brownfield and 3 Greenfield airports. 

In last 8 years, the number of airports has gone up from 74 to 141 (including helipads and waterdromes) and the number is likely to cross 200 in next 4-5 years.

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