Saturday, March 18, 2017

‘43 regional airports to be linked under Udaan scheme’

Ahmedabad:  Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman, Guruprasad Mohapatra, on Friday said that 43 regional airports, including four in Gujarat, will be connected to promote regional air services. The four Gujarat airfields are among unserved or underserved airports.
Talking at an award giving ceremony in the city on Friday, Mohapatra also said that the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in the aviation sector had ended up making losses. Mohapatra is the former municipal commissioner of Ahmedabad and Surat.
"A total of 43 airports from across the country will be connected in three months," Mohapatra said. "These include four airports from Gujarat — Kandla, Mithapur, Mundra and Bhavanagar. These will get connected to each other and to other parts of the country as well."
The AAI chief was speaking on the topic, 'Aviation infrastructure and leadership challenges in the sector,' at AMA awards ceremony held in the city on Friday.
Mohapatra said that bidding for the new project under 'Udaan Scheme', which has been planned for providing cheap air travel facility, will also include helicopter services in hilly areas like the North-East and Kashmir.
18/03/17 Times of India