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President, Business Aircraft Operators Association
One more year for the hype of the Union Budget and the one more year of disappointment for the Aviation industry! So what’s new?
With due respect, I would like to state that the Aviation industry in general and the General & Business Aviation (GA/BA) industry in particular, stands disappointed with the Union Budget of 2015, with no direct or indirect mention for the sector. It is interesting to note that GA/BA sector in India started growing rapidly at the beginning of the new century, with the growth rate peaking at 26 per cent by the year 2007, encouraging investment even in remote areas. However, a number of reasons have halted this growth in the past few years, bringing it in the negative zone in the past couple of years. It is disappointing to see that the present, and most previous governments, have not realised the potential of air connectivity as an economic enabler to bring about progress in the remote areas of the country. While a full day is devoted to the Railway Budget and a huge amount of time spent on building the highways, Sir, it is disappointing that a forward looking and growth oriented Finance Minister such as you did not think it was worth your while to even mention the aviation sector in the entire budget speech. This can only come from a mindset which sees aviation in general, and GA/BA in particular, as an elitist industry, and not something which adds to the development of the country. May I point out that the present Prime Minister would not have been able to address 400 rallies in three months during the General Elections of 2014 and yet spend every night in Ahmedabad if it was not for the availability for GA/BA aircraft and helicopters!
The demands of the industry are well known and projected to all concerned. It is time that the Government of the day starts addressing it, or else our dream of becoming the third largest aviation industry in the world by 2020 will remain just that...a dream!
Sir, at the risk of repeating myself, once again, this is what we need: