NEW DELHI: Indian vice president, M Venkaiah Naidu has said that safety of passengers should be paramount for any transportation service and asked aviation industry to “place passengers’ convenience at the centre of all activities”. He was addressing a gathering after releasing the Economic Impact Report and Coffee Table Book encapsulating the growth story of Indian aviation marking completion of 12 years of operations of GMR Group at Delhi Airport, here on Tuesday.
Naidu appreciated Airport authorities and GMR employees for maintaining global standards at Delhi Airport. “Delhi Airport is pride of our nation”, he added.
The vice president said that governments, policy makers and business enterprises must ensure hassle-free environment at airports for commuters. He further said that government’s efforts to improve domestic air connectivity and make it affordable would get a boost if quality infrastructure is built and efficient customer services are provided by airliners.
“Public Private Partnership (PPP) is the most suitable mode of developing such infrastructure and it is the best model to provide quality services at an affordable price as it allows competition among different entities,” he added.
Naidu said that connectivity is the key for economic growth, adding that aviation industry has huge scope for development. He said “the growth of the aviation sector will have a multiplier effect on the Indian economy” as it would positively impact hospitality and tourism sectors, among others.”
The vice president said that effective implementation of UDAN scheme would develop regional connectivity and promote economically viable flights on regional routes. He asked airport authorities and PPP operators to focus on making it accessible and affordable to the common man.