Aviation infrastructure needs to be improved: Mallya
Kochi, Feb 18: Parliamentarian and Chairman of Kingfisher AirlinesVijay Mallya today said the civil aviation infrastructure should bedeveloped to keep pace with the economic development of the country.
Delivering the 'Neelakantan Memorial Speech' at the inauguralfunction of the Annual General Meeting of the Aeronautical Society ofIndia here, Mr Mallya said the civil aviation infrastructure should bedeveloped as the sector was neglected for the last 20 years.
Mr Mallya said the Indian aviation industry would lose around Rs 2,000 crore due to inadequate civil aviation infrastructure.
He alleged that eventhough the Airport Authority of India was'flushed with funds', lack of planning and focus were deterrents in thedevelopment of aviation industry.
''There should be a poltical will for development and the mindset of the policy makers should also change,'' he noted.
Mr Mallya said the redevelopment schemes for existing airportswould not address the problem as new infastructure was needed for thesector.
He said proper training of personnel in the sector was also an important factor in the aviation industry.
''Apart from establishing training institutes, experts from othercountries should be brought to provide expertise to air-trafficcontrollers in the country,'' Mr Mallya noted.
Taking into consideration the rate of growth, there was a dispairyin infrastructure and growth and this gulf should be filled with properpolicies.
''When most countries anticipate growth and build infrastructureaccordingly, India try to grow first and build infrastructure later,''he alleged.