Friday, March 31, 2017

Four airports in Karnataka to benefit from UDAN

Four un-served airports in the state may get a new lease of life from the Union cabinet’s approved plan of spending Rs 4,500 crore to develop or upgrade 50 under-served or unserved airports and airstrips to boost the aviation ministry’s regional flying scheme Udan.

The airports authority of India (AAI), which is the implementing agency of Regional Connectivity Scheme under Udan has received 43 initial proposals from 11 bidders covering 92 airports, 30 currently served, 12 under-served and 50 un-served. Four airports from Karnataka: Bidar, Hubli, Mysore and Vidyanagar are in the list pitted to get the regional connectivity in the un-served category.

Earlier, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had received proposals regarding expansion and facelift of the Belgaum, Hubli and Mysore airports. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had received 364 acres land at Belgavi, 588 acres land at Hubballi and 142 acres land at Mysore from the state government against the projected requirement of 370 acres, 600 acres and 310 acres respectively in November last year.

This move of the Union government is to boost the connectivity and commencement of operation of flights to smaller airports that are at present lagging in air traffic. It has been pitted to boost the economy of these areas through intra-state operations to give a fillip to infrastructural development and job creation.

According to Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Minister of Civil Aviation, the revival will be demand-driven and the airlines are free to select airports based on their assessment of demand on particular routes and submit proposals at the time of bidding under RCS from time to time.
30/03/17 Bangalore Mirror