Saturday, August 05, 2017

Government in talks with BIAL to use HAL airport for Udan flights

Bengaluru: The central government is trying to get the operators of Bengaluru and Hyderabad international airports to agree to allow smaller airports around them to function in order to boost regional connectivity at affordable prices.
Bidar airport, close to GMR-controlled Hyderabad International Airport, and Hosur and HAL airports, in close proximity to the BIAL-controlled Kempegowda International Airport, are under the Centre's ambitious Udan scheme. But the original agreements between airport operators and the civil aviation ministry prohibit the emergence of other airports for scheduled flights within an aerial distance of 150 km from the international airports.
"The right of refusal exists with the BIAL for HAL and GMR for Bidar. We have to work with these airport operators to get clearances so that they can be operational. We are in talks with them for a solution that is a win-win for everyone. We are close to a solution as far as Bidar is concerned; let's see what happens with HAL," Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation, said here on Friday.
Sinha did not make any specific observations about the Hosur Air Station, owned by Taneja Aerospace and Aviation, which is to the south of Bengaluru. If that airport opens up to scheduled flights, it may attract passengers from areas like Electronics City.
05/08/17 Times of India