Friday, August 11, 2017

A separate airport for namma e-citizens is nearly set for takeoff

Techies and frequent fliers living in east and south Bengaluru, this one’s for you. The airport at Hosur is now one step closer to mounting commercial operations as Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given its go-ahead.

The Hosur airport, located at Belagondapalli village, Thally Road, is around 35 km from Electronics City and takes around 30 minutes to reach; compare this to the 80+ km one has to travel to reach KIA which takes at least 2 hours on a good day during non-peak hours. Add to that over Rs 1,500 that taxis charge to get E-citizens to the airport. “The BIAL board has already given the green signal for the Hosur airport to start commercial flights as a no-objection certificate in this regard has been issued,” RV Deshpande, Industries and Infrastructure Minister, told Bangalore Mirror.

Now all that remains is for the Centre to give its final nod. The next clearance for operationalising the Hosur airport has to come from the Ministry of Defence as the airspace (the southern part of Bengaluru, including Hosur) is managed by the HAL ATC (Air Traffic Control).

“As HAL comes under the Ministry of Defence, it has to take a final call as its airspace cannot be infringed. Another NOC has to be obtained for the Hosur airport to start commercial flights,” said an AAI official. A BIAL official said that discussions were under way with the concerned parties. On June 14, Bangalore Mirror reported how Tamil Nadu had offered to open up its Hosur Air Station for Bengalureans.
11/08/17 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror