He made these remarks while speaking at the curtain raiser event on 'Wings India, 2022'. He also said that after US and China, India at present handles the third-largest domestic traffic.
Scindia further said that despite the country being hit by a severe second wave in the first quarter, the airports had managed to recover more than 80 per cent of the overall freight registered during the pre-pandemic level by the end second quarter of 2021-22.
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The 80 percent mark was achieved by both the first and second quarter of 2021-22 combined (15.36 lakh MT during April-September FY22).
"We all know that in this densely globalised economy, air transport is a key element in the country's transport infrastructure and plays an important role in the country's economic growth," the minister said.
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The 'Wings India, 2022' to be held in Hyderabad is slated to be Asia's largest event on civil aviation.