Sustainability of feeder and short-haul air transportation systems in India: Emerging issues and future perspectives

Kodanda, B (2010) Sustainability of feeder and short-haul air transportation systems in India: Emerging issues and future perspectives. In: 12th Triennial World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010), 11-15 Jul 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

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The period 2003-08 is characterized in India as very promising for air transport, while the recent recession has put it under distress. However, the Indian Government has taken a decision, to modernize 32 non-metro airports and renovate 125 un-utilized regional airports, as well as introducing in the future, production of smaller capacity aircraft, there by to boost civil aviation industry. This paper will focus on these developments and a need for feeder and short-haul regional air transport network and its operational sustainability. Regional air services can augment better connectivity and will bring air connectivity into a reality, thereby help in further growth of aviation and economy because of multiplier effects (benefits) associated with air transport. The existing common phenomenon of small ratio of air time to total journey time taken to accomplish the short-haul air travel needs to be looked into by improving ground accessibility to/from existing and proposed new airports with rapid high capacity surface transport. The logistics, feeding each mode is necessary to perform a seamless journey and to promote ‘sustainable transport system that meets the transport and other needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their needs’. This paper addresses the following ‘emerging issues’ having effects and impacts on feeder and short-haul regional air transport operations; (i) economic-political scenario and driving forces of air travel demand in recent days, (ii) multi-modal transport and challenges associated with short-haul air travel for seamless journey, (iii) aviation infrastructure, emerging concept of airport city/ Aerotropolis, and human resources development (iv) regulatory and policy intervention, (v) tourism development/ leisure travel, low-cost fares, etc. Further, the paper elaborates the following ‘future perspectives’, which are prudent to the success of feeder and short haul regional air systems and to establish sustainable civil aviation growth; (i) rationalization of (a) air networks, (b) air transport demand modeling (c) MRO services, (d) air traffic management, (e) air fares in commensurate with the taxing policies of ATF, (ii) Bench mark to define hierarchy of air transport and its sustainability, (iii) encompassing renewed business models to (a) airline operations, (b) generate non-aeronautical revenue to minimize local impacts of air transport etc. This type of studies is expected to be a complement to strengthen academic pursuit and research efforts to make feeder and short-haul air transport more attractive with a viable network structure, regulatory and pricing policy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability;Short-haul regional air travel;New civil aviation policy;Regional economies/airports/airlines;Multi-modal transport;Civil aviation infrastructure development;Air transport demand;Degree of air network connectivity
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
AERONAUTICS > Air Transportation and Safety
Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2012 08:49
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2012 08:49

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