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Aviation minister keen to extend industry’s mass reach

BANGALORE: For a long time, Indian aviation was regarded as a rich man’s mode of travel. A host of low-cost airlines changed that perception in the last decade. But more recently, with most airlines in deep financial trouble and airfares rising sharply, it is once again turning into a rich man’s preserve. But the civil aviation ministry looks determined to stop this reversal.

“It is a vital sector for economic growth, and not just some rich man’s play,” union civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said on Tuesday.