Rajasthan Tourism Optimistic About New Aviation Policy

by IS_Indust

Tourism expert Mohan Singh Mertiya says the projects listed under the policy will improve aviation in the state, “which will be a big support to the tourism industry.”

Rajasthan’s tourism industry is optimistic that the state government’s new civil aviation policy will benefit their sector and other businesses. On July 2, the state cabinet approved a policy aimed at developing aviation training and maintenance services.

The policy includes plans to open flying schools in Kishangarh, Jhalawar, and Bhilwara, and to build a greenfield airport in Kota. Additionally, an aerocity will be developed in Jaipur, featuring infrastructure such as hotels and restaurants. Cargo facilities will be introduced at various airports, and old airstrips will be repaired to make them airworthy.

Mertiya emphasizes that these projects will significantly improve aviation in the state, providing substantial support to the tourism industry. “It will fulfill the need for skilled personnel in Rajasthan’s aviation sector,” he said.

In 2023, Rajasthan attracted approximately 190.7 million tourists, with 179 million being domestic visitors and 1.7 million foreign tourists. The tourism industry contributes 12-14 percent to the state economy and employs 8 million people, making it the largest employer after agriculture and textiles.

More airstrips and aviation experts could attract more affluent tourists who prefer traveling by charter planes, noted Mertiya.

Sanjay Kaushik, a travel agency owner, highlighted Rajasthan’s importance for tourism and business. “Jewelry, colored stones, and textile handicrafts are exported in large quantities from the state. There has always been a need for an aviation policy,” he said. However, he stressed that the state government must ensure the plan is fully implemented and not just remain on paper.

Currently, Rajasthan has six functional airports. The tourism industry has been advocating for an increase in the number of airports. “If the government repairs the airstrips and makes them flight-worthy, tourism will also develop well,” Kaushik added.

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