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Govt talking to IndiGo, AI and IGIA to establish international aviation hub in Delhi: Scindia

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Govt talking to establish international aviation hub in Delhi

The government is in advanced talks with market leaders IndiGo and Air India, as well as India’s busiest airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), to establish the country’s first international aviation hub in Delhi, buoyed by the strong recovery in both domestic and international traffic.

“It is critical to consider establishing a hub within India to serve India.” Unfortunately, our foreign hubs are no longer in India. “Our international hubs are either in countries close to our borders in the East or in the West,” said civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in an exclusive interview with Business Today.

Scindia elaborated on the concept, saying the Ministry of Civil Aviation was already in advanced negotiations with IGIA operator Delhi International Airport Ltd – a joint venture between GMR Group and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) – as well as airlines IndiGo and Air India.

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The three businesses have been requested to investigate worldwide best practices in order to eliminate any schedule conflicts between international and local flights in order to improve connectivity from Delhi.

When asked if the government’s decision not to award any more flights to foreign carriers under bilateral agreements was influenced by its efforts to promote the interests of Indian carriers and airports, Scindia said that while no offers had been denied, the issue was being closely monitored.

“As per the terms of bilateral agreements, when our carriers reach 80% capacity and seats begin to run out, we will certainly look into it.” But, at the moment, we’re working at both local challenges and ensuring that there’s enough connection accessible in foreign industries,” he asserted emphatically.

According to aviation experts, establishing an international center would have a multiplier effect on the economy.