Friday, September 29, 2006

AAI must continue to support Bajpe airport

Mangalore: Airline operators, air travel agents and trade bodies who interacted with two senior officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) here on Thursday told the officials that AAI can permit the setting up of an airport at Kannur in Kerala, provided the interests of Mangalore (Bajpe) airport are not affected. The representatives said AAI should continue to support Mangalore airport.
The representatives said if an airport came up at Kannur that airport could mainly help passengers bound for West Asia. But Mangalore airport had the potential to provide service to various segments.
They said Mangalore had more prominent industrial, educational and medical units when compared to Kannur.
However, setting up of an airport at Kannur would not be a threat to the development of Mangalore airport. Mangalore airport could cater to passengers from Kanhangad in Kerala to Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district, they said.
29/09/06 The Hindu/
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