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Air traffic sees slump after double-digit growth for 4 yrs

Last Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 15:42

New Delhi: After witnessing a double digit
increase in percentage terms in the last four years, aircraft
movement as well as passenger and freight traffic have
recorded a negative growth rate during the last fiscal,
Government said on Thursday.

"Aircraft movements, passenger and freight traffic
registered negative growth rate of -00.10, -06.80 and -01.00
per cent during 2008-09," Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel
said in a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha.

The minister also said that the foreign airlines had
increased their operations by 85 percent in the last five
years in the country.

"In the summer of 2004, foreign airlines operated 711
services every week to and from India, which was increased to
1,315 services per week by summer of 2009. The increase is
around 85 percent over the five years," Patel said while
replying to another question.

He added that the number of passengers had also risen
from 14 million to 27 million during the same period, which
was about 90 percent.

In reply to another query, Patel stated that the
National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL), formed
after the merger of Air India and Indian, had a total of
30,753 employees.

He stated that NACIL had received complaints regarding
irregularities in recruitment of trainee pilots in April 2009
but investigations did not find any of the allegations to be

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 15:42
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