Safety must be the topmost priority of aviation authorities: Vice President

RSTV Bureau

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu Inaugurated the 2nd Aero Expo India 2017 in New Delhi on Thursday.

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu with Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation,  Jayant Sinha

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu with Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha

Addressing the event Naidu said that India is witnessing a high-growth trajectory and set to become the third-largest aviation market in the world in terms of passengers by 2026.

Naidu said that the aviation sector not only plays a key role in promoting connectivity and creating jobs but is also an important driver of the economy.

“Aviation is the backbone of the global transport system. It indeed is the most vital sector for linking businesses, bringing people together and promoting tourism worldwide,” he said.

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu with Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation,  Jayant Sinha

Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu with Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha

Vice President said that India became the world’s fastest growing domestic travel market for the 22nd time in a row recording a 26.6 percent year-on-year growth in January 2017, according to IATA.

He further said that while there is a downward trend in accidents, there cannot be any complacency and safety will have to remain the topmost priority of aviation authorities and experts.

Naidu expressed his happiness on UDAN scheme seeks to promote regional connectivity by serving the un-served and under-served airports. Connecting Tier-II cities, pilgrim towns and historic places with the wider air routes is important for boosting tourism and business travel, he added.

While the downward trend in accidents is good news, there cannot be any complacency and safety will have to remain the topmost priority of aviation authorities and experts.