The Fatal Flaws of Indian Aviation

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Indian Aviation is quickly expanding, and the effects of this are beginning to be seen. India will face many teething problems as their aviation industry progresses, but in the end, we will see more competitive fares, more routes, and maybe even better service.

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in a country where train travel has been a dominant mode of intercity transport for decades India's aviation industry is establishing itself as a safe and affordable alternative over the past seven years Indian passenger numbers has doubled compared to 6% growth on train routes furthermore a country with over 1 billion people the room for growth and expansion of aviation in India is immense passenger numbers are expected to increase by 350 percent over the next 20 years to over 500 million passengers a year now this expansion would be driven by the rise of the middle class in India who can now afford to fly for business and also holidays if everything goes well the country will overtake Japan Spain Germany and the UK within 10 years to become the third largest air passenger market behind the US and also China now India's aviation industry is ready for takeoff quite literally and also metaphorically although no expansion as rapid as this will happen without any challenges so what are these challenges now the first challenge is infrastructure India's current aerospace infrastructure was not designed with the level expansion in mind in fact two of the world's top 10 fastest-growing airports were in India New Delhi and also Bangalore with this in mind the Civil Aviation Minister for India said in 2018 that as many as 100 new airports will be built in the next 10 to 15 years a cost of 60 billion dollars to meet the growing domestic air travel demand now for a moment just think about how many airports that actually is for reference the 60th busiest airport in the United States is Eppley field in Omaha which many people outside of the US will never have heard of coming 2.3 million passengers a year India wants to build 40 more airports on top of that the second challenge is in regards to employment civil aviation in India directly employs 200,000 people and 1.2 million people indirectly an expanding aviation industry creates jobs in ground handling cargo warehousing and also Airport development are many more the indian government expects the number of people employed in aviation in in to increase the six million in the next 15 to 20 years which is an incredible goal to achieve now the final challenge is when regards to policy policymakers need to connect the dots in India's aviation industry making sure certain sectors are neglected and regulations are adjusted to allow the growth of the industry if environmental regulations for example prevent an airline from expanding is almost impossible for growth to be achieved if India can address these challenges in the next coming years the industry has a chance of being on the same level as the US and also Europe and who knows perhaps even Air India can opt a service you

26 thoughts on “The Fatal Flaws of Indian Aviation”

  1. The problem or success with Indian industries can be categorised into mismanagement of capitol.
    Any industry where adding more comparatively cheaper staff, be it diggers digging a trench or more engineers India can succeed.
    Any industry where expensive capitol is involved outside factories, like aviation India is a circus.

    Ie unlike a coal power station which can add more workers to shovel more coal to increase output. No amount of having extra ground staff, crew or pilots and planes is going to solve, flying scheduled planes to regional airports to the elected official home town with two paying passengers a day.

  2. The main problem with Indian aviation is excessive govt control through policies that hurts all the airlines equally (for eg Price capping,no incentive for low traffic routes,lot of restriction for expansion,bureaucratic hurdles etc..).Jet Airways, Air India, Vistara are the only full cost carriers in India rest of them are all low cost carriers. Air India can lose any amount of money they dont care its govt owned they also have a substantial market share and keeps the fares low to compete with other carriers this really have a negative impact on Industry as a whole because the prices don't rise with demand and fuel price, on top of that there is price cap on domestic routes and high fuel tax. AI is repeatedly bailed out by taxpayers money, only let go the money down the drain. Indian airlines barely make any profit when oil price trend higher the only one that escapes the wrath is Indigo because of its scale. Jet used to follows the same business model of AI their fares were same as LCC fares just so to take market share from Indigo (Largest by market share) which is LCC they never realized they were not in same league as Indigo. Fares of JA never even kept up with inflation or demand. It is stupid of them for fighting with LCC for market share. Jet was spending more than it should have on every km Finally they went bankrupt like KF
    Solution: sell of Air India or dont bail it out just let the IBC take its course, stop excessive govt control let the free market economy do its job,make it conducive for doing business, reduce fuel tax, engage companies in policy making make policies that positively affect both companies and passengers and the whole industry.

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