Navi Mumbai airport will be a new experience, focuses on Nagpur’s development says CM Devendra Fadnavis

As one of the key speakers of the inaugural session of Global Aviation Summit, 2019, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis focused on how aviation contributed to 15% of the national GDP. He highlighted the importance of growth in the aviation sector and said that Mumbai is proud to be one of the most efficiently managed airports in India.

Thanking Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industry for choosing Mumbai as the venue for this prestigious summit,  Fadnavis said Maharashtra is an industrial state and the way aviation sector is witnessing growth, there is a demand for more infrastructure, more airport spaces. Mentioning the construction of the new Navi Mumbai airport, which is touted to be operational by 2020, the minister said that the airport will offer a unique experience to travellers. The airport has the capacity to add 1% to our GDP and apart from this, there are nine airports in the pipeline in the state.

While Pune airport is being developed to cater to one of the major IT hubs in the country, Nagpur airport is being developed for its strategic location in national and international flight routes. All metros in India are around an hour’s distance from Nagpur by flight and this connectivity has called for more attention to its infrastructure development, the chief minister added. The connectivity between South East Asia and Europe also passes through Nagpur and hence facilities at the airport are one of the best that has been created. A passenger and cargo hub will also be created in Nagpur while Boeing has already started manufacturing few aeroplane components in Nagpur. Other companies have shown interest in establishing their aviation facilities in Nagpur.

The Chief Minister also said that a strategy has been put in place for a seamless ecosystem that boasts greater growth in the aviation sector. One of the unique things about the state of Maharashtra is the technical human resource and the ecosystem that has been created using artificial intelligence and technical minds. Soon, the state is committed to enabling the “Flying for all” through better technical decisions made in the state. Recalling the UDAN scheme, the chief minister said ensuring affordable flights for most people will soon be an accomplished goal.