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Scindia forms key panels to revive the aviation sector

Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, in his first order of business to revive the pandemic-hit aviation sector, formed three key advisory groups on Wednesday. These comprise government officials , industry leaders and other stakeholders who represent a wide array of operations: from airport operators to ground handling units, and from flight training schools to maintenance, repair and overhaul companies.

The advisory group on airports headed by Scindia will include the aviation ministry’s secretary and joint secretary; director general of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security; chairman of the Airports Authority of lndia; G B S Raju, chairman of the GMR Group; Jeet Adani, vice president of the Adani Group; and Hari K Marar, MD and CEO, Bengaluru International Airport Limited.Adani and GMR operate airports.

The order lays down the mandate for this advisory group: to advise the government on enhancing airport capacity and infrastructure for greater customer satisfaction and better international benchmark ratings. The group will also advise the government on tariffs and other regulatory issues, manpower training, and performance.

Another group to deal with issues related to domestic airlines has also been formed and will be headed by General V K Singh (retd), minister of state for civil aviation; the aviation ministry’s secretary; the director general of Civil Aviation; Rajiv Bansal, CMD, Air India; Rahul Bhatia, chairman, Indigo Airlines; Ajay Singh, chairman, SpiceJet; Ness Wadia, director, Go Air; Bhaskar Bhat, chairman, Air Vistara; and Sunil Bhaskaran, CEO, Air Asia and the incoming CEO of Alliance Air Vineet Sood.

“The Joint Secretary of DG Division will act as Convener. The Joint Secretary of DT Division will support the Group on the issues related to domestic transport,” the order reads.The joint secretary of DG Division is joint secretary of DGCA and DT stands for Domestic Traffic.

The advisory group on airlines will advise the government…

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