After assuming office in June 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited several countries in a bid to hard sell his government’s ‘Make In India’ campaign and to boost bilateral relations
In the span of last one year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 18 countries, a majority of which were official state visits and spent close to 55 days abroad.
His first foreign destination was the neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which has remained one of India’s closest allies for decades. His last foreign visit was to South Korea. Some of his important foreign visits include the United States of America, Japan, China, Germany and Sri Lanka. Nepal remains the only country that PM Modi has visited twice
Air India has been the biggest beneficiary in Modi’s endeavors. But Modi has ditched them in last 2 months as he has not visited a single country. This due to the election season in India where he has to travel daily for different meets and rallies. Air India has accounted for major losses in these two months and now want to enter the helicopter business as Modi is using helicopters for his election travels.
The state-owned airline, which is working on ways to improve its financials, had an operating loss of Rs 2,636 crore in 2014-15.
During its meeting today, the Air India board approved the financial numbers for 2015-16 and the carrier has reported an operating profit of Rs 105 crore, sources said.
BJP MPs are adamant that PM Modi is responsible for this amazing turnaround. It is because of his frequent foreign tours and internal travel that Air India is able to generate lots of revenue. Out of the 105 crore profit, 55 crore is because of Modiji.
Air India has even provided some coupon codes to the PMO for discounts in his future trips. It has also launched flying services to nations where Modiji has not visited yet, so that Modiji can start visiting those remote locations.
Modi can even take more of his colleagues at the same cost as Air India has designed some combo offers for the PM. Rajnath Singh has privately met the PM and urged him to take him along on all his future foreign trips.
After hearing about Air India’s turnaround, private players like Spicejet and Indigo are also designing packages for the PM. Hope they succeed in their endeavor.