Aviation sector to create 30 lakh jobs, receive Rs6 lakh crore investments: Patel

Pune: Civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, has said that the aviation sector is the future of the Indian economy, as it is poised to create 30 lakh jobs and also receive investments of nearly Rs6 lakh crore over the next 10 years.

Patel was speaking at a function after inaugurating India''s first mobile simulator by Jeet Aerospace Limited for training pilots. He said: "There was a growing demand for training 1,500 pilots every year due to the phenomenal growth in the civil aviation sector."

Emphasising that aviation was not a luxury sector and that without connectivity there could be no business anywhere, Patel pointed out that with connectivity even countries such as Dubai and Singapore, which had no heritage compared to India could muster several times India''s tourist traffic.

Patel also said that with major up-gradation programmes lined up in the aviation sector, India would be the fourth country in the world to operate satellite navigation systems.

Patel inaugurated India''s first mobile flight simulator launched by Captain Anil Gadgil and Kavita Gadgil, whose son Flight Lieutenant Abhijit lost his life in a MIG crash at Suratgarh six years ago.