New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu will meet top officials of Airbus in Paris this week and discuss possibilities for the aerospace giant to manufacture aircraft in India. Also Read - Flight Operations To Resume In A Regular Way By January 2021, Says Hardeep Singh Puri
“I will be meeting top bosses of Airbus and try to request them to start manufacturing aircrafts in India,” Prabhu told PTI. Also Read - Flying Abroad? Air India Has Added More Flights in January From Delhi to THIS City
The minister is in Paris for the meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He will also participate in the meeting of key WTO (World Trade Organisation) members on the sidelines of OECD meet. Also Read - Orthodox Priest Shot at Church in France's Lyon, Assailant Flees
The minister also holds commerce and industry portfolio.
India is also seeking cooperation from the US to locally produce civil and defence aircraft in the country.
In March, the minister had stated that the government wants to extend the ‘Make in India’ initiative to planes and drones, and not just import the entire requirement in the coming years.
India will need more than 1,300 planes in the next few years, he had said.
About the OECD meet, Prabhu said India would raise the issue of growing protectionism and challenges for global trade.
He will also hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Australia, France and South Africa.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.