Monday, June 19, 2017

HAL wants a full-fledged airport

Though Tamil Nadu has offered to open up its Hosur Air Station for Bengalureans under the recently-launched Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme, there is also hope that the HAL airport would be a second airport in the city for short-haul flights.

However, the defence PSU does not want its airport to be bracketed as an under-served or unserved one that operates flights under the UDAN scheme. It wants the airport to function as a full-fledged one and only then HAL can collect landing charges from the aircraft.

Under the UDAN scheme, only aircraft with or below 80 seats are allowed to operate. Aircraft classified in three categories are allowed to operate – with 20 seats or fewer, with 21 to 80 seats and fewer than 80 seats.

“Aircraft with 80 seats or less are exempted from paying the landing fee charge at airports. So under the UDAN scheme, airport operators cannot collect landing fees. That is why HAL is keen to make it a full-fledged airport,” a source said.

Senior officers of the Airport Authority India (AAI) have already inspected the terminal building for operationalisation of the airport’s civil enclave.
19/06/17 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror