India is expected to witness an increase in the number of flights due to the rising air traffic, according to a senior government official. The official also said that a major airport in the country is considering the possibility of doubling its flight slots. Presently, India witnesses approximately 2,900 daily flight departures.
Vumlunmang Vualnam, the Civil Aviation Secretary, did not mention the specifics but did say that one of the prominent airports in the country is currently undergoing a study to explore the potential of doubling its flight slots. These remarks were made during an event organized by the ATC Guild, India, on the eve of the International Day of Air Traffic Controllers.
Surge in passenger numbers shows robust demand
The significant surge in the number of air passengers shows the robust and enduring nature of India’s aviation sector, highlighting ongoing efforts to enhance connectivity and provide convenient travel options for our nation’s residents.
For those unaware, the overall passenger number in May 2023 had increased by 3.26 lakhs (2.52%) as compared to April 23. The increase was mainly driven by domestic travel, which grew by 4.15% month-on-month.
With a load factor of 6.36 million passengers recorded from January to May 2023, there is clear evidence of an increasing demand for air travel. It’s worth noting here that India is among the world’s fastest-growing civil aviation markets.
Challenges and opportunities for air traffic controllers
Minister of State for Civil Aviation, V K Singh, also highlighted that the responsibilities of air traffic controllers will expand in tandem with the increasing air traffic. He said that air traffic controllers play a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of air operations.
He also praised the efforts of the ATC Guild, India, for organizing various initiatives to promote the welfare and professional development of air traffic controllers. He said that the government is committed to supporting and empowering them with modern technology and infrastructure.
He also urged the air traffic controllers to embrace the opportunities and challenges that come with the growth of the aviation sector. He said that they should strive to enhance their skills and knowledge and adopt best practices from around the world.