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ASSOCHAM calls for shake-up of Indian civil aviation market with new development funds

2-Oct-2012 12:45 PM

Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) proposed (01-Oct-2012) the creation of an 'Airport Infrastructure Development Fund' and 'Essential Airlines Services Fund', granting of infrastructure status to the aviation industry, rationalisation of taxes on aviation fuel and MRO, and the establishment of a Indian National Aviation University. Listing the “significant potential’ for the country’s aviation industry, ASSOCHAM has pointed to the opportunities in infrastructure development for wider business, more passenger benefits and economic growth of the country through expansion of civil aviation. It expects up to INR500 billion (USD9.5 billion) of the IRN675 billion (USD12.9 billion) to be invested under the 12th civil aviation sector five-year plan will come from the private sector. ASSOCHAM also said that low-cost carriers have a 70% share of the travel market and there is a need for low-cost airports to complement the no-frills model offered by LCCs. [more - original PR]