India is expected to see a total of 400 million air travelers in the next 7 to 10 years, Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.
He also said there are tremendous growth opportunities for domestic airlines and they are expected to have a fleet of 1,200 planes in five years.
There were around 200 million air passengers, including domestic and international travelers, pre-pandemic, and the number is expected to double to 400 million over the next 7 to 10 years, the minister said.
Speaking at a conference organized by industry body Assocham, Scindia said the country is projected to have a total of 220 airports, including heliports and aerodromes, by 2026.
The country's civil aviation sector is on the recovery path after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.