Monday, September 18, 2017

​ ‘No-frills airports’ in 10 UP cities to boost infrastructure, air connectivity

Bareilly: To promote air connectivity across regions and in remote areas, airstrips in 10 cities of Uttar Pradesh, including Meerut, Moradabad, Saharanpur and Aligarh, are to be converted into ‘no-frills airports’.
Bareilly district magistrate (DM) RV Singh told TOI on returning from Lucknow that in a meeting about civil aviation related matters chaired by the state chief secretary, it was decided that all 18 divisional headquarters would be connected with the state capital by air. The director of civil aviation has been instructed to prepare an estimate of the budget required.
“No-frills airports are all set to become a reality in Uttar Pradesh as chief secretary Rajiv Kumar said in the meeting that 10 cities — Saharanpur, Meerut, Moradabad, Aligarh, Faizabad, Jhansi, Azamgarh, Sonbhadra, Shravasti and Chitrakoot — have been identified for this,” special secretary, aviation department in UP government, SP Gangwar told TOI.
“Functional airstrips will be developed into such airports under the regional connectivity scheme, once bidding is completed,” Gangwar added.
The locations were identified based on the criteria of population, availability of land and the potential for tourism and industry.
According to sources, without compromising safety and security, Airports Authority of India (AAI) will develop the no-frills airports. This will result in low cost of operation and provide infrastructure for airlines to run their services.
17/09/17 Pankul Sharma/Times of India

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