In a speech at an event of industry body CII, Jyotiraditya Scindia said, "I have very clearly mandated that we need to do a carbon-mapping exercise to understand what are our emissions — both direct and indirect.”
Commercial aviation is responsible for about 2 to 3 per cent of the global carbon emissions.
Exuding confidence about air traffic figures rebounding, Jyotiraditya Scindia said the number of domestic passengers is expected to touch 4.10 lakh per day by next year and will surpass that number by 2024-25 as the airline industry is in a "V" shaped recovery.
Responding to the debate on the Demands for Grants of the Civil Aviation Ministry in Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia listed out the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, purchase of 111 new aircraft and liberalisation of bilateral rights as the reasons for the downfall of the national carrier.
Replying to the Demands for Grants, 2022-23, for the Ministry of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the government has brought about a paradigm shift, a structural change in the sector in the last two years and it will focus on inclusion, access and affordablity to increase demand among common man.
Under the PLI scheme, the incentive for a manufacturer of drones and drone components will be 20 percent of the ‘value addition’ made by the company during the next three years.
During the pre-COVID times, domestic airlines carried around 4 lakh passengers per day and the number began climbing up after second wave but again declined after the emergence of Omicron infections late last year.
Currently, a total of 403 electric vehicles are currently deployed across 26 airports in the country, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said in a written reply to a query in the Rajya Sabha.
The civil aviation ministry has been urging states and Union Territories (UTs) to reduce the VAT levied on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), which is the major component of an airline’s operational costs.
Until December 31, 2021, nine remote pilot training organisations have been set up by entities under government or private ownership.
The Civil Aviation Minister also said the disinvestment will provide an opportunity for the airline to rise as a phoenix again.
The development comes after some issues of negligence regarding the protocol came to the notice of the ministry.
The lower and upper limits on airfares will remain for 15 days at any given time and the airlines will be free to charge without any limits from the 16th day onwards, the Civil Aviation Ministry has said.
The aviation ministry has also revised the timeline for fare bands on airline ticket prices, with the bands to now be rolled over in 15 days instead of 30 days at present.
"The new rules will enable the industry to fully leverage technology to drive innovation in critical growth sectors. From precise interventions in farming over large areas to delivering medicines in far reaches of the country to delivering goods with zero human contact," Nasscom said.
The minister said that the Defence Ministry, the Home Ministry and BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) have been working together so that "counter rogue drone technology" can be developed and adopted quickly.
Akasa Air is aiming to begin operations by end of 2021. Jhunjhunwala is expected to own nearly 40 percent of the stake in the new airline and is considering to invest $35 million in the venture.
The Centre had started the ECLGS scheme last year to provide collateral-free and government-guaranteed loans to businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is up to the airlines to provide air services to certain locations based on traffic demand and commercial viability, in accordance with the necessary guidelines," as per a statement from the Civil Aviation ministry.
The Centre on July 5 increased the in-flight seating capacity from the current 50 percent to 65 percent stating the cap on domestic aviation capacity at 65 percent will be operational until July 31 or till further orders.
Daily passenger traffic has risen from about 100,000 in early June to 160,000 and the outlook is bright as vaccination has accelerated, which warrants a review of restrictions imposed at the peak of the pandemic, officials said
A global drone services provider ANRA Technologies will hold experimental deliveries of medicines in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar and with Swiggy for food deliveries.
In an additional affidavit, submitted to NCLT on Thursday, the ministry and DGCA said Jet Airways does not qualify for grant of slots on the basis of historic precedence and and the allocation will be based on slot allocation guidelines.
There are three major issues the government will face while trying to complete its divestment in Air India -- the timeline for the completion of stake sale, valuation of Air India and its assets, and a potential seizure of Air India’s assets by Cairn.
Operations of airports at Surat, Barodara, Lakswadeep, Bhavnagar, Port Bandar, Dui, Jamnagar, and Bhuj have been temporarily suspended.