In response to the reports of a Pratt
& Whitney engine of an IndiGo A320 neo plane stopping mid-air, Civil
Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the government is ensuring that
all domestic carriers conform to the highest safety standards.
“As far as we are concerned, we are ensuring that
all Indian carriers must conform to the highest safety standards. I have
directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to conduct safety audit of
not only all the airlines but also of other organisations on a regular basis,”
Prabhu said at a media briefing here about the 25th edition of the CII
Partnership Summit, to be held in the city from January 13.
An IndiGo Airbus A320neo plane suffered
a mid-air engine failure with a “loud bang” on January 3, forcing the aviation
ministry to take a serious note of the incident.
Prabhu said that two leading global
aviation organisations – Federation Aviation Administration of the USA and
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – have certified that India’s
safety apparatus has improved its performance, adding, “the domestic air
passenger demand is growing at 20 per cent each month and we are seeing an
increased number of passengers (every month).”
He said the number of airports in country has
gone up to 101 from 67 five years ago. “We have a target of having another 100
airports with a USD 100 billion investment,” he added.