Hyderabad – The much-anticipated Wings India 2024 event took off at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on Thursday, marking the commencement of the biennial aviation extravaganza scheduled from January 18 to January 21. Asangba Chuba Ao set the tone, expressing the overarching vision of positioning India as a global aviation leader, underscoring the significance of collaborative learning and fostering a robust aviation sector.
Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia addressed the gathering, highlighting the remarkable growth in passenger traffic from 60 million in 2014 to an astounding 145 million in 2023. He emphasized the economic multiplier effect, noting that one direct job in the civil aviation sector results in the creation of six indirect jobs. The past decade witnessed the establishment of 75 new airports, with ambitious plans to develop 200 airports by 2030, surpassing the existing count of 149. Minister Scindia also shared plans for introducing women drone pilots in rural parts of India.
Expanding on aviation policy, Scindia welcomed the reduction of value-added tax by nineteen states on aviation turbine fuel. He stressed the need to enhance institutional bandwidth in tandem with the development of newly constructed airports. Notable announcements during the event included AkasaAir signing a groundbreaking deal for 150 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, making history as the first Indian airline to place orders for 200 aircraft in just 17 months. Additionally, Airbus inked fresh deals with @tataadvanced and MahindraAero1 for manufacturing various parts for A320neos. In collaboration with @airindia, Airbus also inaugurated a flight training center in Gurgaon to address the surging demand for trained pilots.
Wings India 2024 serves as a pivotal platform for industry collaboration, unveiling transformative advancements in the Indian aviation landscape.