Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday held a meeting with industry executives of the sector to discuss current pressing matters such as fare environment, slot allocation and taxation on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), according to an official.
"The meeting was held by the minister with airport operators, MRO (maintenance and repair and overhaul) companies as well as airlines," a senior government official said.
Airlines such as IndiGo, Vistara, SpiceJet etcetera and airport operators such as Airports Authority of India (AAI), Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) and others participated in the meeting.
"Issues related to slot allocation - especially since Jet Airways is not in operation and its slots have been temporarily allocated - were discussed. Taxation on ATF as well as the current fare environment was also taken up in the meeting," the official said.
Issues related to Jet Airways' foreign traffic rights, which have also been allocated to other airlines just like its slots, were also discussed at the meeting, the official said. Jet Airways had shut down its operations on April 17 due to a lack of funds. The airline is currently undergoing insolvency proceedings. "I was very encouraged with the positivity with which the captains of the industry put forth their problems & suggestions. I have no doubt that we will be able to work in tandem to find the way forward," Hardeep Puri added.
Deliberated upon issues & exchanged ideas related to aviation sector in an interactive meeting with key stakeholders of the sector today.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) September 12, 2019
Considering we are already ranked 7th in the world with 345 million passengers, we hope to climb to 3rd spot by 2024. pic.twitter.com/n29HYNxRVF
It has been reported that the minister has also offered to meet the industry executives every month to find a solution to the problems that the industry is facing.