Civil Aviation Minister Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia calls for cooperation and support of States and UTs in strengthening the Civil Aviation sector

Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Minster of Civil Aviation has called for cooperation and support of all stakeholders, particularly States and UTs, in strengthening the Civil Aviation sector. Addressing the Conference of the ministers of Civil Aviation from States and UTs here today, Shri Scindia said that the sector contributes significantly to the economic development of the country but is probably the worst sufferer due to pandemic. He said that with the collective efforts, we can work for providing better passenger facilities, and strive for the sector’s expansion and decentralization. Assuring the States and UTs of full support from the centre, the Minister said that your success will lead to our success.

Shri Scindia said that the Government does not work in silos, and the Whole-of-the-Government approach has helped the Ministry tackle the Covid-19 effectively, and convert the crisis into an opportunity. The domestic aviation sector suffered a lot during the period. The Government set up 9 advisory groups, covering a wide array of sub-sectors like Airlines, Airports, MROs, Flying Training Schools, cargoes, Ground handlers, Aircraft manufacturing, and their meetings have been yielding good results.

The Minister appealed to the States and UTs to bring down VAT on aviation fuel as it contributes majorly to the operational cost of the flights. He thanked a number of them who have drastically cut the rates, saying that they have gained larger air traffic movement within a short period of the reduction. He said that the sector has large cost-benefit ratio and also huge employment potential. Shri Scindia also called upon them to facilitate new airports by swiftly handling the land allotment issues. He said that the Ministry will be doubling the Airports and taking the number to 200 plus by the year 2023-24. The Minister emphasised on setting up at least one heliport in each district in collaboration with States/UTs. On the issue of seaplanes, the Minister said that the States should provide Capital support for this initiative.

On the issue of drones, Shri Scindia said that it is Prime Minister’s vision to have a leadership role for the country in the sector, and rules have been framed for promoting it. Production Linked Initiative in the sector will provide further push. Similarly, new initiatives have been taken in the sectors of MRO, Flying Training Organizations, Last Mile Connectivity, Cargo handling, Krishi Udaan, so that the bottlenecks are removed, and the sector gains the growth and pre-eminence.

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Virendra Kumar and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd) also addressed the inaugural session. A booklet “Access: The Photo Digest-Demystifying accessibility in civil Aviation” was released, with the aim of creating awareness about accessibility needs and corresponding travel related facilities for Divyangjans. This handbook provides a simple at-a-glance understanding of the subject of accessibility in airports being made available through sketches and a photograph-based reference book. It compiles photographs from 63 international and domestic airports across India. These photographs demonstrate the 10 basic features of accessibility along with additional special features of accessibility provided at airports that pertain to the civil aviation sector. The photographs assembled and presented on Airports would help in demystifying accessibility for the purpose of it being provided in the public infrastructure and services in the overall endeavour to make India universally accessible and inclusive for all.

During the launch, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar acknowledged the efforts made by MoCA for making provisions of accessibility, not just in airport buildings but also in the air travel services, which prove helpful for Divyangjan as well as for the elderly, pregnant women, people with temporary disability owing to an accident or surgery. He emphasized on the need for end to end accessibility from information dissemination to services provided and accessible infrastructure for moving towards the goal of accessible and inclusive society.

Various State Ministers and senior functionaries participated in the discussions on the sector, and deliberated on the issues threadbare. Secretary, Civil Aviation Shri Rajiv Bansal and senior officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation and states and UTs were among those present on the occasion.

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Hong Kong – Appointments to Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee

Appointments to Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee

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     The Government today (July 26) announced the appointment of eight new members and the re-appointment of 11 incumbent members to the Aviation Development and Three‑runway System Advisory Committee (ADTAC) for two years with effect from August 1, 2021.

     The eight new members are Mr Aaron Chan Wing-kai, Dr Angus Cheung Him-wah, Mr Herbert Chia Pun-kok, Ms Mary Huen Wai-yi, Professor Lo Hong-kam, Professor Becky Loo Pui-ying, Dr Derrick Pang Yat-bond, and Dr William Yu Yuen-ping.

     The 11 re-appointed incumbent members are Mr Chan Chi-chiu, Ms Christina Chong Dong-ying, Ms Fung Sau-yim, Mr Alex Koo Pok-sing, Mr Samuel Lau Kin-pui, Mr Edward Liu, Dr Pang Yiu-kai, Mr Augustus Tang Kin-wing, Mr Wong Man-hang, Mr Brian Wu Pak-hei, and Dr Frederick Yip Yeung-fai.

     The Secretary of Transport and Housing, Mr Frank Chan Fan, said, “While the COVID‑19 pandemic has brought about a significant impact on the global aviation industry, I am confident that the industry and air traffic will gradually recover after the pandemic. I look forward to the Advisory Committee’s continued wise counsel on the development of the aviation industry in the coming term, which will witness the commissioning of the third runway of Hong Kong International Airport, a highlight of the Three-Runway System project that affirms Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub.
 
     “I would also like to thank the 11 outgoing members, namely Dr Moses Cheng Mo-chi, Professor Edwin Cheng Tai-chiu, Ms Chiang Lai-yuen, Professor Michael Fung Ka-yiu, Mr Thomas Ho Kwok-kwan, Mr Edward Ho Man-tat, Dr Hung Wing-tat, Ms Julia Lau Man-kwan, Professor Joseph Lee Hun-wei, Mr Andrew Leung Chi-kwan, and Mr Brian David Li Man-bun, for their support and contributions to the work of the Advisory Committee during their tenure,” Mr Chan added.

     Members of the ADTAC come from various sectors including aviation, engineering, architecture, academics and research, business and finance, logistics and transport, tourism and hotels, environment, and legal.

     The membership of the ADTAC with effect from August 1, 2021, is as follows:

Chairman
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Secretary for Transport and Housing

Members
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Mr Chan Chi-chiu
Mr Aaron Chan Wing-kai
Dr Angus Cheung Him-wah
Mr Herbert Chia Pun-kok
Ms Christina Chong Dong-ying
Ms Fung Sau-yim
Ms Mary Huen Wai-yi
Mr Alex Koo Pok-sing
Mr Samuel Lau Kin-pui
Mr Edward Liu
Professor Lo Hong-kam
Professor Becky Loo Pui-ying
Dr Derrick Pang Yat-bond
Dr Pang Yiu-kai
Mr Augustus Tang Kin-wing
Mr Wong Man-hang
Mr Brian Wu Pak-hei
Dr Frederick Yip Yeung-fai
Dr William Yu Yuen-ping
Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Transport) (ex-officio)
Chief Executive Officer, Airport Authority Hong Kong (ex-officio)
Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (ex-officio)
Director-General of Civil Aviation (ex-officio)

     Chaired by the Secretary of Transport and Housing, the ADTAC was established in 2015. A total of five meetings were held in the past two-year term, providing a platform for members to advise the Government on broad policy matters concerning the development of the aviation industry and the implementation of the Three-Runway System at Hong Kong International Airport.