Covid19 is a challenge for the country, says Union Minister

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Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said that the current situation arising out of the Corona Virus is a challenge, especially for the civil aviation sector.

He was speaking on the last day of the Wings India 2020 exhibition in Hyderabad today. “It is personally being monitored and directed by the Prime Minister and his office. Within hours of the first evidence becoming available, we had started screening passengers coming in from 12 most affected countries. We then increased it to include the screening of passengers coming in from any country across the world. Our airports constitute a benchmark for how airports should be running across the globe, especially the 30 airports where proper screening is already in place”, he said.

He further said “We have screened 10,876 flights coming in from across the globe that includes 11,71,061 passengers, 3,225 of these passengers required further screening. I am sure that once people get the right perspective, know where we are, look at the recovering numbers, we will not only overcome this challenge but will see robust vibrant growth in the civil aviation sector.”

Telangana Minister for Industries & Commerce KT Rama Rao said that with respect to aviation and aerospace, there has been tremendous growth for us. Our focus should be on skill development and MRO infrastructure and foreign investments. He said that the MRO sector has a huge potential for employment generation along with significant investments from overseas.

Present at the Ministry Plenary today were Arvind Singh, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, and Anand Stanley, Chairman FICCI, Civil Aviation Committee and Managing Director, Airbus India.