Civil Aviation Minister Suresh
Prabhu said Saturday that the government is ensuring that all
domestic carriers are in "conformity" with the highest safety
standards, and the aviation regulator has been directed to
carry out their safety audits on a regular basis.
Prabhu's assertion came on a day when reports of a
Pratt & Whitney engine of an IndiGo A320 neo plane stopping
"As far as we are concerned, we are ensuring that all
Indian carrier must conform to the highest safety standards. I
have directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to
conduct safety audit of not only all the airlines but also of
other organisations on a regular basis," Prabhu said at a
media briefing here about the 25th edition of the CII
Partnership Summit, to be held in the city from January 13.
An IndiGo Airbus A320neo plane suffered a mid-air
engine failure with a "loud bang" on January 3, forcing the
aviation ministry to take a serious note of the incident.
Prabhu said that two leading global aviation
organisations - Federation Aviation Administration of the USA
and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) -- have
certified that India's safety apparatus has improved its
performance, adding, "the domestic air passenger demand is
growing at 20 per cent each month and we are seeing an
increased number of passengers (every month)."
He said the number of airports in country has gone up
to 101 from 67 five years ago.
"We have a target of having another 100 airports with
a USD 100 billion investment," he added.
Responding to a question on whether the government was
considering intervening by way of support to the domestic
airlines which are in the red due to high costs and the lack
of funds, Prabhu said in a deregulated sector like airlines it
is the responsibility of the company to manage its affairs.
India has recorded highest foreign direct investment,
more than China, in this year, which is a landmark, he said,
adding that the government is eyeing USD 100 billion FDI in
the next two years.
"And to achieve this, we are targeting specific
sectors as well as companies," he added.
Over 1,000 delegates from 40 countries are expected to
participate in the two-day mega business event, which is being
hosted for the first time in the state in association with the
Ministry of Commerce and the Maharashtra Government.
The theme for this year's summit is `New India: Rising
to Global Occasions'.
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