US-India Aviation Partnership Guarantees Open Indo-Pacific
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US-India Aviation Partnership Guarantees Open Indo-Pacific

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Ambassador Eric Garcetti emphasized that the aviation partnership between the US and India aims to generate employment opportunities and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific. During a productive meeting with Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia, they engaged in fruitful discussions. Minister Scindia and Ambassador Garcetti also reviewed plans for the upcoming seventh US-India Aviation Summit, set to take place in Washington from June 24-26 this year.

"Had a fruitful discussion with Union Minister for Civil Aviation JM_Scindia regarding the upcoming US-India Aviation Summit in Washington. The US-India aviation partnership isn't just about flights; it's about creating jobs and ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific", Ambassador Garcetti said in a post on X.

After the meeting, which was held on Tuesday, Scindia said that he had a "productive discussion" with the envoy on a "variety of Indo-US matters, including areas of collaboration in the aviation and steel sectors". The Summit is organized by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) through the US-India Aviation Cooperation Program, which is a collaborative effort involving both public and private sectors, including American aviation companies operating within India's aviation industry.

The forthcoming event will facilitate discussions between Indian civil aviation authorities, industry representatives, and their counterparts from the United States across public and private sectors. Additionally, it will provide a platform to exhibit cutting-edge US technology, equipment, services, and exemplary practices customized to address India's growing aviation needs, as highlighted by the USTDA. In March 2023, India unveiled intentions to allocate $12 billion over a two-year period for the construction of new airports and the modernization of existing ones, aiming to enhance regional connectivity.

"In the last 10 years, India's civil aviation industry has experienced expansive growth, bolstered by the integration of low-cost carriers into the nation's airline fleet, the construction of new airports, and the focus on increasing regional connectivity among the Indian states", the USTDA added.

Between January and October 2023, the Indian market saw approximately 1.3 billion passengers, marking a 24 percent rise compared to the corresponding period in 2022. As per forecasts from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing, India's aviation sector is expected to expand by 6.9 percent annually until 2040, surpassing growth rates in other rapidly developing regions such as Southeast Asia, China, and Africa.

A study conducted by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus suggests that India may require approximately 2,210 new aircraft and approximately 430 million additional passenger flights over the next two decades to accommodate the escalating demand for air travel. The sixth US-India Aviation Summit, which took place in Mumbai in May 2018, was officially opened by Suresh Prabhu, who served as the Minister for Civil Aviation at the time.