Last Updated: July 22 2021

In a bid to improve the aviation services and to deal with the challenges the sector faces, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday (July 21) formed three advisory groups, one each for airlines, airports, and MROs (maintenance, repair, and overhaul units), which will comprise industry leaders, and relevant government officials to find solutions to issues impacting the sector.

Advisory Group on Airports:

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

The Civil Aviation Advisory Group of Airports, will advise the Government for enhancing the airport capacity; advise on matters related to infrastructure augmentation and modernization; advise on matters related to augmenting passenger facilities and amenities at airports; advise on matters related to improving customer experience and satisfaction while awaiting various airport services; advise on matters related to improving ASQ rating and other similar international benchmark ratings. The group will also advise on tariff related and other regulatory issues, on matters related to manpower skilling in the airport sector and on CAPEX performance of airports, inclusive of targets under the National infrastructure Pipeline.

Advisory Group on Airlines:

Apex group to deal with issues related to domestic airlines will be headed by the aviation ministry and include General VK Singh (retd) minister of state, civil aviation; aviation secretary, DGCA, Rajiv Bansal, CMD, Air India, Rahul Bhatia, chairman, Indigo (vi) Shri Ajay Singh, chairman, SpiceJet, Ness Wadia, director, Go First, Bhaskar Bhat, chairman, Vistara; Sunil Bhaskaran, CEO, Air Asia and CEO, Alliance Air.

This advisory group of airlines will advise the government on enhancing the domestic and international connectivity, on matters related to promotion of passenger and cargo service, matters related to passenger facilities during air travel and manpower skilling in the aviation sector. It will also suggest ways to safeguard the viability of airlines.

Advisory Group on MROs, cargo, ground handling and flight training:

The group on MROs, cargo, ground handling and flight training will consist of senior government officials and senior industry officials from their respective fields.

This group will evolve strategy to ensure the growth of MRO, ground handling, cargo and FTO (flying training organization) sectors, and will help create a congenial ecosystem in the country by suggesting regulatory, policy improvements and measures for better efficiency and growth of the sector.


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