Aviation began in the 18th century with the development of the hot air balloon, an apparatus capable of atmospheric displacement through buoyancy. Some of the most significant advancements in aviation technology came with the controlled gliding flying of Otto Lilienthal in 1896; then a large step in significance came with the construction of the first powered airplane by the Wright brothers in the early 1900s. Since that time, aviation has been technologically revolutionized by the introduction of the jet which permitted a major form of transport throughout the world.
India is one the growing markets when it comes to the Aviation Industry post- independence. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the regulatory body responsible for safety oversight of all civil aviation in India. The scope of growth in this industry multiplies given the current focus of the nation onto increasing opportunities and carving out a niche in this Industry at a global level. National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 covers the broad policy areas, such as Regional connectivity, Safety, Air Transport Operations, 5/20 Requirement for International Operations, Bilateral traffic rights, Fiscal Support, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Air-cargo, Aeronautical Make in India. Under the UDAN scheme, the government is planning to develop a sustainable air network in over 400 tier-2 cities across India with an estimated expenditure of ₹500 million (US$7.0 million). This directly implies the increase in opportunities to play different roles in the subsidiary alliances Aviation Industry brings with it.
India is the world’s third-largest domestic and overall civil aviation market. The number of air passengers grew 16.3% annually from 14 million to 135 million. It recorded an air traffic of 131 million passengers in 2016, estimated to be 60 million international passengers by 2017. The market is also estimated to have 800 aircraft by 2020.
Among the busiest airports in India, the Indira Gandhi International Airport which serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, is the busiest airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic and international traffic busiest airport in India since 2009 and the second busiest airport in the country in terms of cargo traffic after Mumbai. With the commencement of operations at Terminal 3 in 2010, it became India’s and South Asia’s largest aviation hub, with a current capacity of handling more than 40 million passengers, which will go up to 100 million passengers by 2030 with the planned expansion. It was 12th busiest airports in Asia (2014) and 21st busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic (2016).
The growth here allows you to travel and look at the world in all its different perspectives and diversity. It becomes a unique experience to be a part of such a dynamic industry which can only offer thrill, excitement and stories worth remembering. It’s not just another job but a lifestyle that you go ahead and explore.