|Vol. 15 No. 18||
Wednesday March 2, 2016
Despite what you might have heard about India recently, it looks like hope for long-awaited business reforms are slowly fading away in 2016.
Air cargo leaders may have been thinking big thoughts at a trade show in Mumbai last month, but despite ongoing efforts to eliminate red tape from the process, PM Narendra Modi has seen his big ticket reforms delayed and diluted.
Worse yet, reports out of New Delhi conclude that if the reform-minded PM were to call for a referendum, Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Jamata Party would likely lose its majority in Parliament and be swept out of office.
It’s too bad, as India is a bright spot in a sluggish global economy and the charismatic Modi & Company came into office with high hopes in 2014.
Where all of this leaves aviation should not be much of a stretch to figure out.
Just take a look at this picture of Indian workers in New Delhi attempting to hoist a bag containing the 2016-17 India Federal Budget and buckling under the weight.
Undoubtedly, somewhere in that bag are the air cargo hopes held by the aviation dreamers and doers of India.
from a Fish Eye . . . Two stewardesses onboard a Sichuan
Airlines A330-300 last week at the start of direct,
twice weekly flights between Chengdu Shuangliu International
Airport in China and Prague Vaclav Havel Airport in
will soon benefit as the only city in India to develop
the ambitious Special Economic Zone (SEZ), featuring
a Multimodal International Hub and Airport. (MIHAN)
The Maharashtra government under Chief Minister Fadnavis
sent out a tough message to quite a few who had been
allotted land at MIHAN-SEZ. Of the 80-odd companies
that had been given land, 63 of them were sent notices
of termination since they had not done any work on the
In a related move, the government of Maharashtra has
decided to send out an invitation to those keen to invest
in the MIHAN-SEZ area. For his part, Gadkari is believed
to have instructed the Maharashtra Airport Development
Company Limited (MADC)—the special purpose company
set up to develop MIHAN and aviation infrastructure
in Maharashtra—to meet air carriers like Jet Airways,
IndiGo, SpiceJet, etc. to boost air traffic at Nagpur.
|Over The Moon . . . A Delta Airlines jet on approach to Sky Harbor International Airport passes the nearly full moon rising in the distance on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona.|
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