The civil aviation Industry will grow leaps and bounds where India is concerned- Gen. (Dr.) V. K. Singh (Retd.), Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation

PR No – 9

22nd November, 2023

New Delhi


The civil aviation Industry will grow leaps and bounds where India is concerned- Gen. (Dr.) V. K. Singh (Retd.), Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) today organised the 2nd edition of IndiAirport- International Expo & Conference. The three-day event held at the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC), Sector 25, Dwarka, New Delhi.

Addressing the conference Gen. (Dr.) V. K. Singh (Retd.), Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation outlined how the government is actively working to create a favorable environment for the growth of the Aviation Industry.

He informed, ‘we are focused on providing excellent facilities for the passengers and the industry, which forms a crucial part of our ecosystem. Over the past nine years, we have increased the number of airports from 74 in 2014 to 148 today. Our commitment is to sustain this growth, fostering opportunities for companies to enter this sector.’

He further said, ‘our further efforts includes, liberalization of flight training institutions and support to  aviation companies through the UDAN scheme and assist them in recovering from COVID-related losses, despite witnessing today a surge in passenger traffic, the UDAN scheme also visions to targets smaller aircraft catering to 20-80 capacity, aiming to connect more regions and create new domestic hubs.

He said, ‘recognizing the potential for manufacturing in India, I assure the industry that it is cost-effective to produce here. Cargo is another significant aspect of the Aviation Industry with great potential for growth. We encourage companies to explore opportunities in India, given the vast market and the strategic geographic location of the country.’

On the agenda of sustainability, Hon’ble Minister shared, ‘we are also actively exploring the use of sustainable fuels while ensuring profitability. Recent experiments with biofuel mixtures have shown promise, and we are moving forward to establish more biofuel hubs.’

Dr. Ranjeet Mehta, Executive Director, PHDCCI while giving the welcome address expressed, ‘to evaluate the business environment within any organization, the PESTLE framework (Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal and Environmental) serves as a comprehensive formula for assessing growth. In the case of India, substantial progress is evident across these parameters. With a stable and sound political system, India stands as the fastest-growing economy globally. In the realm of technology, both the nation has demonstrated commendable performance. Initiatives such as UDAN scheme further open avenues for investors, fostering business growth and reinforcing India’s status as an attractive destination for opportunities, he added.

Mr. Sanjeev Edward, Chair, Civil Aviation Committee, PHDCCI said, ‘the Aviation sector is a critical component of growth and has experienced significant expansion with the committed support of the Aviation Ministry and the Union government. With the dedicated allocation of 30,000 crores towards the establishment of new green airports underscores the Indian government’s commitment, led by our ministry, to address supply chain bottlenecks. This significant investment aims at the expansion and modernization of terminals, including the development of new ones, contributing to the overall growth of the industry.’

Mr. Michael Jain, Co-Chair, Civil Aviation Committee gave the industry perspective and moderated the session on Sustainable Aviation: Translating Best Practices into Reality. He shared his perspective on UDAAN scheme- Current Status & future projections.

Vote of Thanks was given by Dr. Jatinder Singh, Assistant Secretary General, PHDCCI.

The conference was sponsored by PowerGilt Treasuries and it was attended by more than 200 industry participants. The various sessions were graced by aviation industry experts and deep discussions were held on various topics. The exhibition saw a footfall of more than 1000 people.

The Event was supported by Radeecal Communications, IFWExpo Heidelberg GmbH, GATE and  Cargo Insights and also got support from PHDCCI annual sponsors, DLF Ltd; Jindal Steel & Power; KLJ Group; Multani Pharmaceuticals Ltd; Marble City; MMG Group; Radico Khaitan Ltd;  Uflex Ltd; Vestige; Eazy ERP Technologies; JK Tyre & Industries Ltd; Sagar Group of Industries; Superior Industries Limited; Samsung India Electronics; Oswal Greentech; Apeejay Stya Group; Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt Ltd; DCM Shriram;  R E Rogers; Trident Group; Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd;  Bhagwati Plastic and Pipes Industries; Central Coalfields Ltd; DD Pharmaceutical Ltd.;  Hindware Sanitary; Jindal Steel;  Modern Automobiles;  P S BEDI & Co.



Warm Regards,

Media Division

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry