India needs its own business aviation show to change mindsets about the sector
 
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India needs its own business aviation show to change mindsets about the sector
 

Mandeep Sandhu Mandeep Sandhu

Business aviation, which has been granted the status of the ‘foster child’ of Indian aviation, needs a break, a change and some impetus. Certainly, business aviation is not asking for any subsidies, tax breaks, SEZ, or even any Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) rebates. All the industry needs is recognition of its existence — from and by the government.

Business aviation is only a small slice of the huge aviation industry, but it has a lot of similarities and commonalities with commercial aviation and the potential to grow at much the same rate. In fact, its growth would add a lot of good things to the government’s kitty, pretty much free of charge, such as additional revenue from import duties, consumption of ATF, charges to airports and the creation of jobs.

Today, business aviation in India is struggling. Ironically, a business that shrinks its profits to invest in aircraft and commercial aviation generates profits from its business, but business aviation has a bad name and is still seen as solely for the elite. A lot has been written, spoken and highlighted and a lot needs to be done, so let’s make a fresh start with some new ideas.

Static display at India Aviation- 2016 in Hyderabad
Static display at India Aviation- 2016 in Hyderabad

 
 
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