Aviation Sector in Gujarat
Over the last few years, Gujarat has recorded a healthy growth in domestic and international passenger traffic, specially at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. The growth of passenger traffic has been attributed
to numerous factors including the liberalization of the Indian aviation sector, the resulting growth in low-cost airlines, the economic development of Gujarat and an increase in tourist inflow to key destinations in the state. The Civil Aviation Department
has identified the following potential growth drivers for aviation services in Gujarat
- Positioned on the west coast of India, Gujarat can be an ideal gateway for air traffic from western nations to the rest of the country. It is also well-located, falling on air routes from Delhi and Northern India to Mumbai and Southern India. Ahmedabad
has often been used for diversionary flights that cannot land at Delhi or Mumbai.
- Gujarat is among India’s leading state in industries like oil and gas, textiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petroleum refining and petrochemicals, fertilizer, cement, ceramics, engineering, diamond cutting and polishing, ship breaking, dairying and food
processing. The growth of these industries creates a demand for air travel and cargo services.
- Gujarat has more than 40 ports including the major port of Kandla which is among the largest in India, one of India’s largest private ports at Mundra and one of the first private ports in India at Pip-a-Vav. These ports have a demand for air connectivity
and cargo handling services.
- Recreational, religious and medical tourism has recorded significant growth in Gujarat, creating a potential demand for air connectivity to tourist destinations, air sports, helicopter services to summits and remote destinations, and other aviation services.
- Gujarat is one of the wealthiest states in India, with enough scope for recreational aviation services like airports and microlight flying to become viable.
- Gujarat is geographically well-located for flight schools and other aviation-related institutes, M.R.O. operations and other non-passenger aviation services.