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Union government approves setting up of 13 greenfield airports

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New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday announced that it has granted ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up 13 greenfield airports across the country.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that the government has granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 13 projects.

The government has granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 13 projects: Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg and Shirdi in Maharashtra, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hassan and Shimoga in Karnataka, Kannur in Kerala, Debra in Gwalior, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and Karaikal in Pucherry,

While talking about the establishment of a greenfield airport near Bhiwadi in Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sharma said: “Government has granted site clearance to Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) for setting up of a greenfield airport near Bhiwadi.

The Minister further informed the upper house of parliament that a view on setting up a greenfield airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh will be taken after receiving a completely updated proposal from the state government.

Government of Uttar Pradesh is responsible for further progress in the project as the necessary action for approval from various departments, project development, including financing of the airport project has to be obtained by the respective airport promoter,

However, the minister added that ‘in-principle’ approval has been granted to the Uttar Pradesh government for setting up a greenfield airport at Kushinagar.

(Inputs from IANS)

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State-Run Airports Authority of India Pitches for Adding its Airports for Foreign flights

The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries

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The national airport operator has chalked out aggressive expansion plans. Pixabay

The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call in the bilateral discussion for traffic rights with countries in the Middle-East and Southeast Asia.

The public sector agency raised the issue in a meeting chaired by Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola but has failed to get instant positive response with the latter stating that such move would depend on bilateral interest and reciprocity.

“It involves bilateral interest with other countries and need to be examined by the concerned division on case-to-case basis to ensure reciprocity and balance of interests while extending any such concession,” Secretary Kharola is learnt to have observed.

An AAI official said that many of its airports have enough capacity to handle more passengers and airlines. He further said that in case of insufficient passenger and cargo traffic, the airport capacity remains under-utilised.

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The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call. Pixabay

Out of the 27 Indian cities from where international operations are currently being carried out, five cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi — account for about 70 per cent traffic.

“The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries. While AAI has no role in it we can be part of the discussions as observer,” the official added, noting that there was precedence to it.

The AAI manages 125 airports, which include 18 international airports, seven customs airports, 78 domestic airports and 26 civil enclaves at defence airfields. The national airport operator has chalked out aggressive expansion plans given that government sees 1 billion fliers by 2035.

“The guiding principle for the government should be passenger interest and convenience while negotiating more traffic rights with foreign countries,” said Dhiraj Mathur, Partner, PwC.

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Bilateral traffic rights allow airlines of the respective countries to launch new flights and add capacity on foreign routes. With rising passenger demand there has been pressure on the government for enhancing traffic rights with countries like Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

As per latest official data, as many as 91 international carriers which include six Indian and 85 foreign carriers connect the country with 56 countries through 343 routes. (IANS)