The industry termed formation of a Civil Aviation Authority a crucial step for development of Indian civil aviation sector, but said poor infrastructure at airports, land acquisition and environmental clearance were major roadblocks impeding the development of low cost airports in tier II and tier III cities, a survey by FICCI-EY on Civil Aviation said.
About 90 percent of those surveyed opined that relaxing FDI norms was a positive step towards the revival of the Indian aviation market and it would help bring in the required capital and expertise, achieve economies of scale and drive competition.
59 percent of the respondents recognized recent measures by the government like allowing 49 percent FDI by foreign carriers in Indian airlines, direct import of fuel as positive measures, while stressing on the importance of implementation of these steps.
However, around 57 percent respondents said ‘high taxation’ and ‘policy regime’ were major deterrents to growth of aviation industry. "Lack of access to finance, shortage of trained manpower, rising fuel costs, infrastructure bottlenecks, high operating costs and lack of incentives were other issues stalling the growth of aviation industry in India," it said.
The industry felt that Indian players lack level playing field when compared to their foreign counterparts, specifically with respect to taxation on ATF, MRO, in which they see huge opportunity.
They said the government must ensure level playing field to Indian carriers by rationalizing tax structure for MRO industry and central and state governments should work in tandem to enhance regional connectivity.


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